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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Click here to see more Tap here to see ppast Tap here to see more. In a global political climate where “alternative facts” have become the new norm, Schlink’s collection of essays becomes essential reading. But he worries that references to the Holocaust have become so frequent in Germany that they’re now banal, boring rather than instructing the nation’s schoolchildren.

How is collective guilt consistent with that modern view?

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink

The German experience, especially from the time of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, is xchlink the centre of the debate. Read the full article. The last essay, for me, was the best: The first essay on the balance between individual and collective punishment compared to individual bernhad collective responsibility is positively brilliant.

But there is more than enough food for thought in it to keep the reader engaged well beyond the last page.


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Really interesting book of essays based on six lectures Schlink gave. Manche Schuld kann nicht ein Gericht, sondern nur der Psychiater behandeln. It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list. Dieses Buch ist mer ein wissenschaftliches, ein juridisches Werk.

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Special to The Globe and Mail. I highly recommend it. We have noticed that there is an issue with your guikt billing details. Melissa rated it really liked it Feb 10, You are currently logged out.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink. 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. 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.

It provides a good reference, something to go back to in order to check on some thought provoking quotes, to continue my own reflections. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.

He discusses such issues as the transference of guilt to another generation, the “political ritual” that often accompanies forgiveness of actions in the past, committed by a previous generation, the need and potential for reconciliation, whether in the private or public spheres. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


It is pertinent information for us as well as a fine documentation of the philosophy of collective guilt. Feb 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. This isn’t fiction, mind you: Books by Bernhard Schlink. 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 abokt stories ‘The Reader’, ‘Flights of Love: 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.

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We are, as Schlink contends “the generation [for whom: While Schlink explains how forgiveness and reconciliation can help over time he also makes clear that it will take several generations for the lingering effects of the guilt about the past to fade. In Guilt About the PastBernhard Schlink converts six lectures into essays, which is why there are no notes.

I didn’t agree with him about how Germany should respond to what they did in Namibia; if your country performed atrocities to a people or country, and all of the people involved are dead, I still think your country has an obligation to accept responsibility for past behavior.

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