Guilt About the Past

Guilt About the Past

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780887849596
Branch Call Number: ANF 170 SCH
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 21 cm

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 06, 2013

Bernhard Schlink, who also wrote 'The Reader', compiled 6 essays to form this book to explore the 'guilt' associated with the next generation of Germans after WWII. I find it a bit philosophical, and dry to read. I understand the original essays are in German and this is a translated version.

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ljis
Jul 09, 2011

This is very inspiring compilation of essays on social and legal implications of the Holocaust.
I believe it is important to read ...especially considering the Canadian experience with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.

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