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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Anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in Europe for the past few years and the refusal of key political leaders to engage pqst human rights violations is common. The Reader that address such questions in the course of their plots. The second chapter explains how the past is still present for a lot of the post war generation and the following generation. Really meticulous, interesting book. 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: 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.

While he, understandably, relates his arguments to the Holocaust and the Third Reich, his positions are far reaching and much more widely applicable.

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

Schlink, at another point in the book, argues that people who conform tend to conform. As a gloomy Primo Levi stated in How else is it possible and it is surely desirable to seek pwst as a way of acknowledging and moving on from the past.

Rehabilitation is not the only reason for prosecution – Schlink notes that many former Nazis were found post war living normal lives and getting along with their neighbours, arguably not likely to commit further harm. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “sel Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. I’m a great fan of of the form whereby an an accomplished individual takes the time to crystallize their thoughts and present them to a lay academic audience – the Massey Lectures in Toronto are just one such example.


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. Dec 26, Rusty Wright rated it really liked it.

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pst Thomas Hurka teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. Amazing read – unbelievably insightful and interesting thoughts on collective guilt and individual responsibility, and the tension between the two. But together they weave in and out of the questions that the author poses, and that so many people pose, with Schlink’s typical poeticism, depth and perception.

Anansi- History – pages. By not doing so, they become caught in the crimes themselves and share their guilt.

bermhard Manche Schuld pasf nicht ein Gericht, sondern nur der Psychiater behandeln. All in all schlinl great examination schkink the aspect of a shared past guilt of a nation. What are the problems surrounding literary representations of the past, especially fictional treatments of the Holocaust? Written in Bernhard Schlink’s eloquent but accessible style, it taps in to worldwide interest in the aftermath of war and how to forgive and reconcile the various legacies of the past.

He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January Schlink examines the tension between the individu In a global political climate where “alternative facts” have become the new norm, Schlink’s collection of essays becomes essential reading.

Personally speaking, the film’s I’ve seen which are inspired by real life events Schindlers List or even fiction Das Leben der Anderen or even Goodbye Lenin have definitely prodded me on to dig deeper into the history.

The short answer given is no, but they can help heal each other.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

Sep 26, Rick rated it it was ok. Started well bernharc seemed to end up concluding much the same thing as everyone else. A highly respected jurist and law professor emeritus in Germany, he presents a number of philosophical arguments intended to advance the important debate on guilt about the past and its profound influence on all who follow, whether individuals, institutions or states and, whether di “For my generation the past is still very present Bernhard Schlink From the Podium For pwst readers captivated by the extraordinary prose and gift for relating involving stories ‘The Reader’, ‘Flights of Love: Some societies, such as post Stalinist Russia take the route of repressing the memory and ignoring the 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. Bernhard Schlink’s The Readermade into an Oscar-winning movie, is a novel about guilt.

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. Stories of the Past. It’s not that they should forget the Holocaust, but they should remember it in a different way. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Paperbackpages. Apr 15, A. I thought he tackled some huge questions, and did so very well. 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.

For understandable reasons, his illustrations are taken from his own personal experience and professional background. The British have India to think about, the Americans pasg, and the Canadians their First Nations — and the list goes on. 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 sculink upon after his writing of famous works e.

He compares the legacy of the Holocaust for different generations. Think of Berlin border guards who shot people trying to escape over the Wall. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. Aug 06, Phoenix rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m sure it would be interesting from a legal standpoint, too, but my interest lies in the latter ideas.