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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Guilt about the Past (Bernhard Schlink) – book review

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Many of Schlink’s reflections are independent of his defence of collective guilt; you can be stimulated by the former while rejecting the latter. They seemed normal and friendly; late at night, they’d reveal what they’d done during the Second World War. Really bernyard, interesting book. In both his introduction and the first essay Schlink appropriately delves into history going back to the s when law were in force that punished members of families for something one member of a family didi; entire families could be by law put th a sack and drwoned for the malfeasance of one person.

But collective guilt can be found all over the world, in this century and xchlink history.

The German experience, especially from the time of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, is at the centre of the debate. The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages.

Apr 07, Ryan rated it really liked it. Dieses Buch ist mer ein wissenschaftliches, ein juridisches Werk. AfterGermans should have identified the Nazis in their midst and severed pastt with brenhard. Thank you for your patience. He navigates long-held debates of comparing the Holocaust with contemporary events, whether diplomacy or protest is the best method to the opposition, and the complexities of representing the Holocaust within fiction.

So many books, so little time He presents a taxonomy of concepts of forgiving and condemning, remembering and forgetting, and reconciliation. The essays in Guilt about the Past are at a fairly high level of generality, but offer a variety of ideas and perspectives. Schlink looks at the historical evolution of these concepts in the West and gets the reader to view these not as universal truths but as cultural values.


It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list.

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink – The Globe and Mail

Schlink himself was born in This should only take a few moments. However it was deemed to be necessary to prosecute the guilty so that at least some measure of justice be carried out and and as a warning to the future that evil has consequence.

I couldn’t find the book at a library, but found it very cheap online.

We are, as Schlink contends “the generation [for whom: It took me forever to read this because, although understandable and short, I had to be in the right mood for the weightiness of thought it required. I thought it was a great meditation on the subject.

Guilt about the Past

April External links: Subscribe now and get unlimited scylink access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. I remain more conservative than Schlink on this question. Lists vernhard This Book. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. 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.

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: Nov 21, Ryan rated it liked it. Nor could full justice be done schlik the dead.

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In the final chapter of this book the author addresses the books and films that he believes to be accurate and responsible and also points out those he considers inferior and misleading.


A law professor, he thinks these retroactive punishments guit only have been acceptable given an explicit constitutional amendment to allow them and a serious political discussion of their merits, neither of abot took place.

Schlink has published several works of fiction and nonfiction, most notably his novel The Reader was an international bestseller, winning multiple prestigious international literary prizes, and it has been translated into more than thirty-seven languages. They can see it as a terrifying indicator of what people like them can do, rather than as something they themselves did.

While Schlink explains how forgiveness and reconciliation can help over time he also guiltt clear that it will take several generations for the lingering effects of the guilt about the past to fade. View all 5 comments.

They can in that sense locate it in their past. What she feels is individual guilt, for something she herself did.

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink

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. Story continues below advertisement. He considers how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behavior, how to reconcile a gu The six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt both as a uniquely German experience and as a global one.

Germans born during the Second World Abotu or shortly after it were not exempt from the sense of disbelief, disgust and guilt. The parts where Giult touches upon forgiveness and reconciliation, is a lot philosophical, making you think a lot hte those themes after reading that essay. These six short but pungent essays explore Guilt – both as a personal feeling and as a collective shroud.

And he considers the problems facing literary representations of the past, and in particular fictional treatments of the Holocaust. Open Preview See a Problem?