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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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 self 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” 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 self for injuries done to self.
Now, readers of Schlink’s bernhzrd will know that most of his books are in some way about reconciling the past with the present. What she feels is individual guilt, for something she herself did.
In a global political climate where “alternative facts” have become the new norm, Schlink’s collection of essays becomes essential reading. Manche Schuld kann nicht ein Gericht, sondern nur der Psychiater behandeln. Read most recent letters to the editor. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.
Bernhard Schlink divides his time between New York and Berlin. He considers attempts to deal with the past through law, and in particular the legal status of retroactive punishment. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lists with This Book. Paperbackpages. 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.
For that we need God; that is what He is there for.
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Think of Berlin border guards who shot people trying to escape over the Gujlt. He navigates long-held debates of comparing the Holocaust with contemporary events, whether diplomacy or protest is the best method to the huilt, and the complexities of representing the Holocaust within fiction. His focus is again his native Germany, and the responsibility that whole nation has felt for the crimes of the Nazi period. 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.
This isn’t fiction, mind you: 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. He has fantastic insight into Germany, German history, and fiction in general.
Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Equally cool and enlightening is the second essay “The Presence of the Past” which examines the inherited responsibility of the generation after a genocide, noting different processes aids dchlink the psychic healing of a nation, citing the effect of the South African Truth and Reconciliation meetings as well as German volunteers on kibbutzim, in effect filling in the labour that the victims of the Holocaust would have done had they lived.
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. Feb 26, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: He recalls working in a factory with older Germans.
Trivia About Guilt about the Past. Want to Read saving…. The essays in Guilt about the Past are at a fairly high level of generality, but offer a variety of ideas and perspectives.
The limitations are strong, within the legal realm as much as within the capability of individuals and collectives.
Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink
Sara rated it really liked it Oct 17, He then rather quickly reminds us of the collective guilt of the British in India, of Americans and guult, of Canadians and First Nations and so on. This little book of pages is based on the Weidenfeld Lectures given by Bernhard Schlink at Oxford University in These abotu 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: Your subscription will end shortly.
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. They are complex and thought provoking, as I have found his fiction to be. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.
Some interesting moments but too legalistic for me – I felt very distanced from the various threads that Schlink is discussing in these lectures about guilt on an individual, collective and global levels and was all too aware of Schlink the law professor who is engaging with the topic from a legalistic point of view rather than the novelist who has engaged with these pxst in more interesting ways in his fictions.
Margaret rated it liked it Jan 29, The fifth essay, “Prudence and Corruption” was about an series of episodes between a leftist student and a professor which the author was shclink observer an also in part a mediator. Being a writer of one of the more popular of these schlibk gives him an edge in critiquing the writings of others.
Essay four, “Forgiveness and Reconciliation” is fairly short and ask if the descendants of perpetrators can ask for forgiveness from the descendants of the victims, neither of which were there.
Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink. Germans born during the Second World War or shortly after it were not exempt from the sense of disbelief, disgust and guilt.