Guilt about the Past

By Bernhard Schlink
House of Anansi Press, Paperback, 9780887849596, 143pp.

Publication Date: March 2010

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Description

The six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt both as a uniquely German experience and as a global one. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of 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 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. Based on the Weidenfeld Lectures he delivered at Oxford University, Guilt About the Past is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nation's future. 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.




About the Author
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel "The Reader," as well as four prize-winning crime novels-"The Gordian Knot," "Self's Fraud," "Self's Punishment," and "Self Slaughter"--that are currently being translated into English. He lives in Bonn and Berlin. "From the Trade Paperback edition."
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