Books, Culture

Review: The Weekend – Bernhard Schlink


The Weekend – Bernhard SchlinkSchlink is fascinated by criminal responsibility. The Weekend addresses the question at the heart of The Reader - can homicide ever be pardonable?

Family and friends have gathered to celebrate the release of pardoned terrorist Jörg. Jörg killed innocent people in the name of the Red Army Faction terrorist group, and has served twenty-four years for his crimes, with prison the imposed penance. After a slow start, Schlink explores Jörg’s impact on those closest to him, and how his friends and family have paid as much for Jörg’s crimes as he has himself.

The awkward rendezvous becomes an analysis of the terrorist persona. What is Jörg? A hero, the iconic leader of a revolution? An inspirational man with an oratorical gift led astray by ambition? Or is he the callous father of Ferdinand, who drove his wife to suicide and left his son to be brought up an orphan while he pursued egotistical dreams?

Another author might have leapt at the chance for a story with guns and melodrama, but Schlink deftly explores the deeper side of terrorism, leaving us to decide for ourselves whether Jörg is a villain or a hero. VP

About Victoria Pritchard

Columnist, reviewer, author and sometime sports coach

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Review: The Weekend – Bernhard Schlink

  1. I am glad studying your article. Just right job, cheers

    Posted by Rakes Pulanco | August 9, 2012, 10:00 pm
  2. great. congratulations.

    Posted by Claudinha KG | August 9, 2012, 10:15 pm
  3. good topic.

    Posted by Camilo Batista | September 1, 2012, 11:35 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Twitter Updates

Follow us on Twitter @EverythingExpre

Find Us on Facebook

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Library

BBC World News

BBC World News
Opens the BBC World News page.
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 163 other followers

%d bloggers like this: