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Guilt About the Past

Guilt About the Past

by Bernhard Schlink

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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. International bestselling author 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 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 Schlink 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, tapping into worldwide interest in the aftermath of war and how to forgive and reconcile the various legacies of the past.

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ISBN-13: 9780887842696
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Publication date: 04/03/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 553 KB

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink has published several works of fiction and nonfiction. His novel The Reader was an international bestseller. Bernhard Schlink divides his time between New York and Berlin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Collective Guilt? 5

The Presence of the Past 23

Mastering the Past through Law? 43

Forgiveness and Reconciliation 67

Prudence and Corruption 89

Stories about the Past 117

Acknowledgments 141

About the Author 143

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