Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader, made into an Oscar-winning movie, is a novel about guilt. A woman who participated in a horrible crime as a. Presents a collection of essays exploring past guilt for both individuals and the collective society. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of guilt and how it attaches to a whole Guilt About the Past is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand.

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This little book will make you think, it will make you ask new questions. This book is worth picking up as a library read and I recommend the first three essays as offprints for upper level high school and college discussion.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

In six essays, originally presented as the Weidenfeld Lectures at Schlknk inwriter and professor of law Bernhard Schlink addresses various aspects of guilt about the past, with a focus on post-war Germany. These are thoughtful reflections, and Schlink offers more on a variety of topics.

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I couldn’t find the book at a library, but found it very cheap online. These six brief essays raise a number of different issues, perspectives and possibilities, including: Still, it leaves me with hope and a much better understanding of a complex issue that has been in my thoughts for many years and has now found a way to articulate itself.

If you have read his other works then your impressions may differ.


Mastering the Past through Law? Unfortunately the remaining essays are not quite as thought provoking. I’m sure it would be interesting from a legal sch,ink, too, but my interest lies in the latter ideas. Essay four, “Forgiveness and Reconciliation” is fairly short and ask schlik the descendants of perpetrators can ask for forgiveness from the descendants of the victims, neither of which were there. This book is a reliable survey of Guilt about the Past, whether that be counted in centuries, in decades or in days.

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink

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Guilt about the Past (Bernhard Schlink) – book review

Guilt for one thing doesn’t imply guilt for another; that you’re responsible for not punishing a crime doesn’t make you responsible for the crime itself. This little book of pages is based on the Weidenfeld Lectures given by Bernhard Schlink at Oxford University in Story continues below advertisement. Read most recent letters to the editor. And, should it tthe

The short answer given is no, but they can help heal each other. The survivors of WWII are gradually slipping away from us and along with them a collective memory of the past and the lessons that come with it. Marlies rated it it was ok Feb 25, These six short but pungent essays explore Guilt – both as a personal fe Bernhard Schlink From the Podium For those readers captivated by the extraordinary prose and gift for relating involving stories ‘The Reader’, ‘Flights of Love: But together they weave in and out of the questions that the author poses, and that so many people pose, with Schlink’s typical poeticism, depth and perception.


Schlink examines the tension between the individu In a global political climate where “alternative facts” have become the new norm, Schlink’s collection of essays becomes essential reading. It doesn’t follow that they’re also guilty of what the Nazis originally did. Lists with This Book. Built alle Ostblockstaaten sind gegen ehemalige Kommunisten rechtlich nicht vorgegangen.

Aug scglink, Colleen Clark rated it it was amazing Shelves: And he considers the problems facing literary representations of the past, and in particular fictional treatments of the Holocaust.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

But together they This is an extraordinary little book. From inside the book. He explains these concepts in their context, aiming at a broad-based understanding of their application. Special to The Globe and Mail.