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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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. Account Options Sign in.

Schlink argues that it is important for Holocaust to be looked at through multiple lenses in order to increase awareness.

When they didn’t – when they preferred to forget Nazism – they became guilty as a collective for what had been done. Nov 21, Ryan rated it liked it. The first essay on the balance between individual and collective punishment compared to individual and collective responsib Good Beginning, Not Enough The book is a collection of six talks given at St.

Published by University of Queensland Press first published September 30th The essays in Guilt about the Past are at a fairly high level of generality, but offer a variety of ideas and perspectives.

Aug 06, Phoenix rated it really liked it Shelves: The fourth essay, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, dealt with the different ways that victims can deal with the past: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The problem is that the past insists on seizing hold of the present. The second chapter explains how the past is still present for a lot of the post war generation and the following generation. This should only take a few moments.


The six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow guil past guilt both as a uniquely German experience and as a global one. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

The truth about the Nazi period is too well known, he says, to be dislodged by a single schilnk, and the complexity of his novel’s main character reflects the conflict his generation repeatedly felt when someone they schlnk and respected turned out to have done something horrible under Nazism. The Presence of the Past.

Guilt about the Past (Bernhard Schlink) – book review

Mar 18, Kaeti is currently reading it. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. He considers how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behavior, how to reconcile a guilt-laden past, how pasy role of law functions in this process, and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction.

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The fifth essay, “Prudence and Corruption” was about an series of episodes between a leftist abkut and a professor which the author was an observer an also in part a mediator. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please sdhlink to letters globeandmail. 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.

Refresh and try again. And, should it be? As a gloomy Primo Levi stated in There was a balance to be found between natural justice and the rule of law; Germany didn’t get it right.


They seemed normal and friendly; late at night, they’d reveal what they’d done during the Second World War. The German experience, especially from the time of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, is at the centre of the debate. From inside the book. What are the problems surrounding literary representations of the past, especially fictional treatments of the Holocaust?

Click here to subscribe. Prudence and Corruption talked about the s and s and how the past looked then, how people dealt with the past, what was remembered, and how it affected people.

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.

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. Apr 15, A.

Guilt about the Past

Your subscription will end shortly. 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 bermhard. Feb 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. He recalls working in a factory with older Germans.