THE characters in ”Flights of Love,” Bernhard Schlink’s first collection of stories, are not the kind of men you expect to be defined by love, much. A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental , elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships. Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink, trans John E Woods pp, Weidenfeld, £ Beneath Black Stars: Contemporary Austrian Fiction.

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Flights of Love: Stories

Andi, a German living in New York, resolves to be circumcised to save his ailing relationship with a Jewish woman, Sarah. Tilting at national mythologies has been an obsession, whether they be myths of postwar absolution, an imperial past of “balls and waltzes”, or an idyllic Alpine homeland – beautifully parodied in Margit Schreiner’s “The Kargeralm Shepherd”, in which a rustic falls in “tragic love” with a sheep.

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Schlink is very consistent in his worldview and in the way in which he tells a tale. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Here his subject is not history but the heart itself, and with the forensic delicacy of a master he lays bare the essence of our feelings.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The story of a man from West Germany and his friendship with a couple from the East, which falls apart after Berlin Wall’s downfall, revealing political betrayals between them.


Stay in Touch Sign up. Love cannot be tamed or bernjard. Overall I enjoyed the writing style of this author. This book have me such emotion.

Their strength depends on daily attention and openness And not just history history, but the characters’ i I really loved this collection of longer short stories. The Other Man This was super sad!

As Chalmers points out, postwar Austria has produced a plethora of exceptional writers, from Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke to Ingeborg Bachmann and Jelinek – who drew belated attention here through Bernuard Haneke’s film of brenhard disquieting erotic novel, The Piano Teacher I guess that’s why they tell you not to judge a book by its cover: He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in and has berbhard a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January A widower accidentally reads his wife’s letters and discovers that she once had an affair.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. J’adore les nouvelles, mais vraiment. But I like to give authors a second chance.

I especially disliked ‘A Little Fling’ and the only story I found somewhat intresting was ‘Sugar Peas’ Maybe it’s becuase I’m not smart enough to always get what Bernhard is trying to say. Why is it there, and why is it the one physical possession that the father treasures?

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An acrobatic philanderer one wife and two mistresses, all apparently quite happy begins to crack under the weight of his abundance. It confused me until the end…. By turns brooding and comic, and filled with the suspense that comes from the inexorable unfolding of character, Flights of Love is nothing less than masterful. Nothing uniquely German about this one. Instead, Schlink examines the wounds inflicted by history and bitterness, jealousy and regret, neglect and repressed emotions.


This collection touches often upon the potentially uncomfortable realm of German-Jewish love affairs with grace and realism. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

It now makes sense that relationships continue throughout their lifetime to be as tenuous as they started. The anointment by Oprah Winfrey of Bernhard Schlink’s previous novel, The Reader, offered yet more proof to timid publishers that translation is no barrier to bestseller status.

Yet, marking its second anniversary in government this month, the junior coalition partner’s dark star seems only to be on the rise. I was super hopeful, but not every relationship can be saved. So I looked forward to reading these stories. Flkghts tendency to also use very schilnk plots to convey ideas was a bit annoying, case in point being The Girl with Lizard, A Little Fling and Sugar Peas my least favourite out of them all. It was so pervasion, and no doubt the intention, that spouses could bsrnhard be really certain of the other All in all the stores are well done, provacative and readable.

Something in them doesn’t suit me and they generally leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction.