Guilt About the Past

Guilt About the Past

Paperback - 2010
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Internationally acclaimed author Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of guilt in the aftermath of war. The six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt as a German experience as well as a global one. 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 lessons 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, "Guilt About the Past" is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nation's future.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi ; Scarborough, Ont. : Distributed in Canada by HarperCollins Canada, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780887849596
Characteristics: 143 pages ;,21 cm.


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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.

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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