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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View all 5 comments. Schlink looks at the historical evolution anout these concepts in the West and gets the reader to view these not as universal truths but as cultural values.

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In the broader context he acknowledges that “his fiction and much of German literature has guilt about the past as a strong leitmotiv. Toronto-area woman at centre of court fight over brain death has died, family says. Belief in collective guilt is part of tribal moralities, which say a crime by one member of a clan can license vengeance against all its members, including children.

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Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

He considers how to use the lesson of history to motivate bwrnhard 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.

But a belief in collective guilt has helped Germany avoid repeating its awful past; it has in that way contributed to peace in Europe. Anne’s College, Oxford, in given by noted author and jurist Bernhard Schlink. His take on the collective guilt of the Germans. schlini

He uses an example of a law student involved with rioting inseeking admission to an association of law professors into illustrate how prudence can abet corruption. Nazi Germany ghe his starting-off example, but the lectures are far-ranging and provocative.


As a German citizen of the younger generation, this is a topic very close to my heart and I was very curious to see how Schlink would develop wbout arguments for thoughts that I would have considerable difficulties to articulate. History cannot be mastered. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Read our community guidelines here. This book is from a series of lectures he gave in the UK. 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.

This book is a series of essays based upon a guipt of lectures that explores the concepts of collective guilt; how we might use history to motivate individual moral behaviour; how to reconcile a guilt-laden past; the role of the legal process in all of this; before settling on how the theme of guilt influences fiction.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. And we live in a world that has plenty to chose from.

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

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily abut commenting from our articles. 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.

Jun 02, Grady rated schpink it was amazing. Fast alle Ostblockstaaten echlink gegen ehemalige Kommunisten rechtlich nicht vorgegangen. Based on the Weidenfeld Lectures he delivered at Oxford University, Guilt About the Past is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nation’s future.

Amazing read – unbelievably insightful and interesting thoughts on collective guilt and individual responsibility, and the tension between the two. Really interesting book of essays based on six lectures Schlink gave.

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Guilt about the Past

What are the problems surrounding literary representations of the past, especially fictional treatments of the Holocaust? I’m sure it would be interesting from a legal standpoint, too, but my interest lies in the latter ideas. Open this photo in gallery: But together berngard weave in and out of the questions that the author poses, and that so many people pose, with Schlink’s typical poeticism, depth and schlikn. Schlink was part of the sixties generation in Germany who again raised publicly the issue of Nazi crimes and confronted their parents with what they had done.

This analysis, he admits, has not necessarily been accepted readily by Germans of his generation. It’s not that they should forget the Holocaust, but they should remember it in a different way.

These six brief essays raise a number of different issues, perspectives and possibilities, baout This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

I couldn’t find the book at a library, but found it very cheap online. The British have India to think about, the Americans slavery, and the Canadians their First Nations — and the list goes on. But adding more individual responsibility doesn’t produce, by some alchemy, collective responsibility. And he considers the problems facing literary representations of the past, and in particular fictional treatments of the Holocaust.

He looks at the history of ideas of collective guilt, going back to early Germanic law and exploring the notion of community solidarity.