David Hare, writer of the screenplay of The Reader, shares with Oprah.com his thoughts on adapting such a beloved novel, working with Stephen Daldry and what things audiences can learn about postwar Germany. The Reader was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in 1999.

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Q: What was it about The Reader that drew you to the project?

A: It's a subject no one has made a film about in the English language, which is the situation of the generation after the great crime and the dilemma that they're born into and have to live with. There has been so much done about the victims of the crime but little about the succeeding generation, the children of the perpetrators of those crimes.


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