Bernhard Schlink is a writer and a professor of public
law and legal philosophy; for many years he was also a judge at a German
constitutional law court. He was born in 1944, grew up in Heidelberg, lived in
Germany, France, and USA, has a son and two granddaughters and teaches now at
Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in
New York. He began publishing crime novels in 1987 and other fiction in 1995.
His first fiction to appear in English was his novel The Reader, 1997;
since then his collection of stories Flights of Love, the novels Homecoming and The Weekend and his trilogy about the
private detective Gerhard Self, Self's Punishment, Self's
Betrayal, and Self's Murder, have come out. His essays Guilt about the Past deal with Germany's recent past, collective
and individual guilt, forgiving and forgetting, law and morality, his scholarly
work focusses on fundamental rights, the role of the police, and the meaning of
justice. He has just published another collection of stories in German. The Weekend is his latest book.