Book Review: “Schuld” (Guilt)

As part of their work for the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German books relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Jennelle Mathews reviewed Ferdiand von Schirach’s 2010 collection of short stories, Schuld (Guilt)

Originally published in Germany in 2010, Ferdinand von Schirach’s Guilt is a collection of short stories centered on the dimensions of guilt present in human nature. Specifically, the short stories are based in modern Germany and involve a cast of characters ranging from a neglected housewife-turned-thief to a calculating, stone-cold murderer. The topics of the outsider and allocation of blame and language all rise to the surface as noteworthy of discussion in relation to our class. [read full review here]

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