Guilt About the Past

Guilt About the Past

by Bernhard Schlink
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0887849598

ISBN-13: 9780887849596

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: House of Anansi Press

International bestselling Author Bernhard Schlink explores the long shadow of past guilt as both an individual experience and a collective and global one. By using the example of the postwar German experience, Schlink addresses both timely and universal themes: how past events can affect a nation's future; how the lessons of history can be used to motivate

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International bestselling Author Bernhard Schlink explores the long shadow of past guilt as both an individual experience and a collective and global one. By using the example of the postwar German experience, Schlink addresses both timely and universal themes: how past events can affect a nation's future; how the lessons of history can be used to motivate individual moral behaviour and the role of the law in this process; and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction. Based on the Weidenfeld Lectures he delivered at Oxford University, this thought-provoking book skillfully illuminates the moral complexity that binds guilt and responsibility, and what makes for a true state of reconciliation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887849596
Publisher:
House of Anansi Press
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
156
Sales rank:
1,120,995
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.50(d)

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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