Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart. They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths theyve taken since their youth. But this isnt just any reunion, and their conversations about the old days arent your typical reminiscences: After twenty-four years, Jörg, a convicted murderer and terrorist, has been released from prison. The announcement of his pardon will send shock waves through the country, but before the announcement, his friends--some of whom were Baader-Meinhof sympathizers or those who clung to them--gather for his first weekend of freedom. They have been summoned by Jörgs devoted sister, Christiane, whose concern for her brothers safety is matched only by the unrelenting zeal of Marko, a young man intent on having Jörg continue to fight for the cause. Bernhard Schlink is at his finest as The Weekend unfolds. Passions are pitted against pragmatism, ideas against actions, and hopes against heartbreaking realities. From the Hardcover edition.