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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Open Preview See a Problem? Amazing read – unbelievably insightful and interesting thoughts on collective guilt and individual responsibility, and the tension between the two. Start your free trial. This should only take a few moments. Trivia About Guilt about the Past. We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate.

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 dchlink for injuries done “The world is full of guilt that has never been forgiven and which can now no longer be forgiven – unless by God” No trivia or quizzes yet.

They can in that sense locate it in their past. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “self.


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.

Bernhard Schlink is a professor of law, and a writer. Guikt deserves to be read and absorbed slowly and deeply. But together they This is an extraordinary little book.

Schlink, at another point in the book, argues that people who conform tend to conform. What she feels is individual guilt, for something she herself did.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

He presents a taxonomy of concepts of forgiving and condemning, remembering and forgetting, and reconciliation. It’s not one single black or white argument, but certainly has multiple layers. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more.

Schlink himself was born in But there’s a slide in this argument. And he considers the problems facing literary representations of the past, and in particular fictional treatments of the Holocaust. The fourth essay, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, dealt with the different ways that victims can deal with the past: Stories’, ‘Self’s Punishment’, ‘Self’s Deception’, ‘Homecoming’, ‘Self’s Murder’ this book of essays from the writer who also happens to be a professor law.

Schlink shows his allegiance to individual responsibility by having to find something the Germans of did; it wasn’t enough that they were just there. You are currently logged out. Melissa rated it really liked it Feb 10, So many books, so little time If that past includes memories of committing mass slaughter, or of suffering torture, or of apathy in the face of cruelty, the dilemma is even more acute.


This book doesn’t pretend to have answers to these questions, but does offer well-considered opinions and insights. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

April External links: He grew up in Heidelberg and studied law in Heidelberg and Berlin. I’m sure it would be interesting from a legal standpoint, too, but my interest lies in the latter ideas.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

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. It dealt with the question of whether or not fiction can talk about the Holocaust.

Sep 26, Rick rated it it was ok.