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Bernhard Schlink

La femme sur l'escalier

«Être jeune, c’est avoir le sentiment que tout peut encore se réparer, tout ce qui est allé de travers, ce que nous avons raté, ce que nous avons fait de mal.»

À Francfort à la fin des années soixante, le peintre Karl Schwind réalise le portrait d’une femme nue descendant un escalier. C’est Peter Gundlach, un riche industriel, qui en devient propriétaire. Mais Irène, la femme de Gundlach et modèle du tableau, quitte son mari pour le peintre. Surgit alors une idée folle : Gundlach propose à Schwind de lui rendre sa toile si Irène revient vivre avec lui. Les négociations sont confiées à un jeune avocat – le narrateur – qui tombe lui aussi sous le charme d’Irène.

Format: Paperback
Published: France, 2018
Publisher: Gallimard
Pages: 288
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782072763281
ISBN 10: 2072763282

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La femme sur l'escalier