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written by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Charlotte Collins

A sweeping novel of love and passion from author of the international bestseller THE READER about a woman out of step with her time, whose life is witness to some of the most tumultuous events of modern age.

Abandoned by her parents, young Olga is raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village in the early years of the 20th century. Smart and precocious, endearing but uncompromising, she fights against ingrained chauvinism to find her place in a world run by lesser men.

When Olga falls in love with her neighbor, Herbert, the son of a local aristocrat, her life is irremediably changed. While Herbert indulges his thirst for exploration and adventure, Olga is limited by her gender and circumstance. Her love for Herbert goes against all odds and encounters many obstacles, but even when they are separated, it endures

Unfolding across decades, from the late 19th to the early 21st century, and across continents, from Germany to Africa and the Arctic, from the Baltic Sea to the German southwest, OLGA is an epic romance, and a wrenching tale of a woman’s devotion to a restless man in an age of constant change. Though Olga exists in the shadows of others, she pursues life to the fullest and her magnetic presence shines --- revealing a woman complex, fascinating and unforgettable.

Told in three distinct parts, brilliantly shifting from different points of view and narrative formats, Bernhard Schlink’s magnificent novel is a rich, full portrait of a singular woman and her world.

written by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Charlotte Collins

  • Publication Date: September 6, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVia
  • ISBN-10: 0063112930
  • ISBN-13: 9780063112933