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Guilt about the Past

(2009)
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Just as Bernhard Schlink's bestselling novels, "The Reader" and "Homecoming", tackle the burden of German guilt about events during the Second World War, so too the six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt that is not just a German experience, but also a global one. Schlink explores the phenomenon of collective 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 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 in 2008, "Guilt" 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.

Genre: Historical

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March 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Guilt About the Past
Author(s): Bernhard Schlink
ISBN: 0-88784-959-8 / 978-0-88784-959-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Guilt About the Past
Author(s): Bernhard Schlink
ISBN: 1-905636-77-6 / 978-1-905636-77-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Beautiful Books
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January 2009 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Guilt About the Past
Author(s): Schlink Bernhard
ISBN: 0-7022-3714-0 / 978-0-7022-3714-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
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April 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Guilt About The Past
Author(s): Bernhard Schlink
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
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April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Guilt About the Past
Author(s): Bernhard Schlink
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA