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

Es geht um die Anwendung des Rechts. Please update your billing information. The parts where Schlink touches upon forgiveness and reconciliation, echlink a lot philosophical, making you think a lot on those themes after reading that essay.

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. Return to Book Page. Now, readers of Schlink’s fiction will know that bernhrd of his books are in some way about reconciling the past with the present.

Schlink, at another point in the book, argues that people who conform tend to conform.

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. Schlink himself was born in Thomas Hurka teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. No trivia or quizzes yet. April External links: The children of perpetrators may not owe the children of victims an apology but respect is essential.


According to Schlink ‘when some members of a collective commit crimes, its other members have a duty to identify them and expel them from the group. From inside the book. 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.

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He provides challenging ideas on how the past can be reflected in our thinking for better coexistence between individuals, communities and nations and, last not least, how this thinking can influence our literature and other fictional media.

And even in this role Bernhard Schlink remains a figure of fairness, a man of opinions that matter. I remain more conservative than Schlink on this question.

His contention implies an active process that has to be worked through, yet that, with effort, will end in a satisfactory conclusion, where the past has in fact been “mastered”. Mar 18, Kaeti is currently reading it.

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.

He considers attempts to deal with the past through law, and in particular the legal status of retroactive punishment. It’s not one single black or white argument, but certainly has multiple layers. echlink

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

I couldn’t find the book at a library, but found it very cheap online. Gibt es eine Sippenhaftung?


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: 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.

Paperbackpages. Nor could full justice be done for the dead. Or, those who do not believe might point out, mockingly or enviously, that is why those who believe in God invented him. Feb 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Guilt About The Past is a series of six essays that tries to answer, rather opens the disussion, on a very sad chapter from history – the Holocaust.

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink

This makes it easy to follow even for readers with little legal or historic background. If you have read his other works then your impressions may differ. By not doing so, they become caught in the crimes themselves and share their guilt.