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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One probably r Really interesting book of essays based on six lectures Schlink gave. Read our community guidelines here. In six essays, originally presented as the Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford inwriter and professor of law Vuilt Schlink addresses various aspects of guilt about the past, with a bernhaed on post-war Germany. Please update your billing information. The last essay, for me, was the best: They are complex and thought provoking, as I have found his fiction to be.
I highly recommend it.
Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink
His final essay, which explores whether realism should remain the expected approach authors take in representing the Holocaust, was the most difficult one for me. Must every fictional Nazi be totally repellent? Melissa rated it really liked it Feb 10, These are thoughtful reflections, and Schlink offers more on a variety of topics.
He concludes with a discussion of truth in fiction, asking whether it’s wrong for a film or novel to portray the perpetrator of a historically significant crime in a partly sympathetic way, as his own The Reader does.
Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink
Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. There was a balance to be found between natural justice and the rule of law; Germany didn’t get it right. One probably really needs to be a legal scholar to understand it all.
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.
Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink – The Globe and Mail
This analysis, he admits, has not necessarily been accepted readily by Germans of his generation. This book is worth picking up as a library read and I recommend the first three essays as offprints for upper level high school and college discussion.
His focus is again his native Germany, and the responsibility that whole nation has felt for the crimes of the Brrnhard period. The children of perpetrators may not owe the children of victims an apology but respect is essential. They seemed normal and friendly; late at night, they’d reveal what they’d done during the Second World War. Non-subscribers can read and bernharrd comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.
Grouped bernjard they comprise some of the more enlightening book on the subject, using of course the German people and the aftermath of WW II. 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.
Guilt about the Past (Bernhard Schlink) – book review
Report an error Editorial code of conduct. 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 brenhard writing of famous works e.
Nor could full justice be done for the dead.
In sbout 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 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.
Es geht um die Schuld der Deutschen im Zweiten Weltkrieg. And we live in a world that has plenty to chose from. As a gloomy Primo Levi stated in AfterGermans should have identified the Nazis in their midst and severed ties with them.
Feb 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Bernhard Schlink divides his time between New York and Berlin. Thomas Hurka teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. Published by University of Queensland Press first published September 30th His arguments on the varied ways by which Germans have been implicated over several generations in the crimes of their parents are profound and convincing. Read most recent letters to the editor.
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.
He explains these concepts in their context, aiming at a broad-based understanding of their application. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. I remain more conservative than Schlink on this question. The first essay on the balance between individual and collective punishment compared to individual and collective responsibility is positively brilliant. Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.
Schlink examines the tension between the individual and the political landscape, both sculpted by the ghosts of their pasts. 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.
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. Click here to subscribe. Return to Book Page.