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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The fifth essay, “Prudence and Corruption” was about an series of episodes between a leftist student and a professor which the author was an observer an also in part a mediator. Open Preview See a Problem?

Based on a lecture series held at Oxford University inSchlink’s six essays provide insights and arguments for guily deeper assessment of own positions and behaviours when we ask ourselves how we schlinj societies as a whole can learn from the events and mistakes scblink the past not to repeat them. Article text size A.

If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail. Anansi- History – pages. He thinks Germans’ view of their past should change. The fourth essay, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, dealt with the different ways that victims can deal with the past: Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month.

Guilt about the Past

Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. These six short but pungent essays explore Guilt – both as a personal feeling and as a collective shroud. If a person does not believe in a forgiving God, then they have to live with their guilt when they can no longer obtain forgiveness from the person they injured” He recalls working in a factory with older Germans.


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 in a sack and drwoned for the malfeasance of one person. If you have read his other works then your impressions may differ.

The parts where Schlink touches upon forgiveness and reconciliation, is a lot philosophical, making you think a lot on those themes after reading that essay. 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.

The book is short but dense with ideas. It dealt with the question of whether or not fiction can talk about the Holocaust. For th we need God; that is what He is there for.

I enjoy Schlink’s ideas of guilt and forgiveness but as his point it to discuss collective guilt, it misses the individual level of forgiving self for injuries done to self. Jun 02, Grady rated it it was amazing.

However it was deemed to be necessary to prosecute the guilty so that at least some measure pasr justice be carried out and and as a warning to the future that evil has consequence. Mar 06, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Gibt es eine Sippenhaftung?

His focus is again his native Germany, and the responsibility that whole nation has felt for the crimes of the Nazi period.

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Story continues below advertisement. Composed of five essays, with a short introduction and conclusion, it represents Schlink’s ‘post hoc’ reflections on how a culture deals with guilt — personal and collective — pondered and reflected upon after his writing of famous works e.


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His ideas of forgiveness from God make schlimk lean more toward believing God as a necessary to most myth. He considers how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behavior, how to reconcile a guilt-laden past, how the role of law functions in this process, and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction. Accessibility Links Skip to content. He explains these concepts in their context, aiming at a broad-based understanding of their application.

View all 5 comments. And this makes this book an important one for anybody to read.

Preview — Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Schlink discusses moral consequences in his fourth essay addressing how ridiculous for politicians to apologize for things done in the past ‘when it’s not them who should bear any guilt for anything, and perhaps those being apologised to are not there to offer forgiveness.

A law professor, he thinks these retroactive punishments would only have been acceptable given an explicit constitutional amendment to allow them and a serious political discussion of their merits, neither of which took place. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book is a reliable survey of Guilt about the Past, whether that be counted in centuries, in decades or in days.

Reviewed by Schlibk Hurka. His take on the collective guilt of the Germans.

Special to The Globe and Mail. Manche Schuld kann nicht ein Gericht, sondern nur der Psychiater behandeln.