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Guilt About the Past

by Bernhard Schlink

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This little book of 141pages is based on the Weidenfeld Lectures given by Bernhard Schlink at Oxford University in 2008. The six lectures are entitled “Collective Guilt”; “The Presence of the Past”; “Mastering the Past through Law”; “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”; “Prudence and Corruption”; and “Stories about the Past”.

He is a writer and a professor of public law and legal philosophy; for many years he was also a judge at a German constitutional court. He was born in 1944, grew up in Heidelberg, lived in Germany, France, and the USA and now teaches at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law in New York. He began publishing crime novels in 1987 and other fiction in 1995. His first fiction to appear in English was his novel “The Reader” (1997). Since then his collection of stories, “Flights of Love”, another novel, “Homecoming”, and the trilogy about the private detective Gerhard Self, “Self’s Punishment” and “Self’s Betrayal”, “Self’s Murder”; and his most recent novel, “The Weekend” released during 2010.

When you look at this body of work, and in particular “The Reader” it is clear he has spent a great deal of time thinking about “guilt” and the transference of guilt from one generation to the next. Do we all carry the mark of Cain? As an Anglo-Celt Australian am I responsible for the near extinction and genocide of Aboriginal Australians? How does one reconcile the children of the perpetrators with the children of the victims? Assuming (a big assumption I know) we are all acting in good faith how do we move on? This little book gives you serious cause to stop and think about these fundamental issues.

This is an excellent book and it is highly recommended to anyone who might be interested in these issues. ( )
  BlinkingSam | Mar 28, 2011 |
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The essays in this book were the six Lord Weidenfeld Lectures given at St Anne's College, Oxford in 2008. Contents:

-- “Collective guilt?”
-- “The presence of the past”
-- “Mastering the past through law?”
-- “Forgiveness and reconciliation”
-- “Prudence and corruption”
-- “Stories about the past”
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"Schlink tackles the burden of German guilt about events during the Second World War - the six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt that is not just a German experience, but also a global one. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of collective guilt and how it attaches to a whole society, not just to individual perpetrators. He considers: how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behaviour; how to reconcile a guilt-laden past; the role of law in this process; and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction. Based on the Weidenfeld lectures he delivered at Oxford University in 2008, Guilt is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nations future."--Provided by publisher. "Schlink tackles the burden of German guilt about events during the Second World War - the six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt that is not just a German experience, but also a global one. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of collective guilt and how it attaches to a whole society, not just to individual perpetrators. He considers: how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behaviour; how to reconcile a guilt-laden past; the role of law in this process; and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction. Based on the Weidenfeld lectures he delivered at Oxford University in 2008, Guilt is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nations future."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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