Samantha Ellis

Guilt Edged

The Weekend


Weidenfeld & Nicolson 215pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

This novel could have been brave. Its premise has courage. Having tackled the legacy of the war in The Reader, in which a young man confronts his older lover’s Nazi past, Bernhard Schlink now looks at how the collective guilt of the generation whose parents didn’t intervene to stop Hitler caused many of its members to embrace radical politics and attempt violently to smash the state. Jörg is a Baader-Meinhof terrorist who served twenty-four years in prison for killing four people. His clingy sister arranges a country house weekend to celebrate his release.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'I was dumbfounded by the view of the Berlin Wall from the eastern side. It seemed inconceivable that in under thre… ,
    • RT : Danger for ‘local’ staff, access in exchange for silence (and logos) - all sounds familiar in this fascinating look… ,
    • 'He has long been eclipsed by Vermeer, though his interiors are arguably more ambitious.' David Gelber on the Dutc… ,
    • 'The wicked are truly revolting and the rage is wholly understandable' on new thrillers by John Le… ,
    • In @aaciman's sequel to 'Call Me By Your Name', 'Erotic urgency has merged with middle age’s frugality of heart', s… ,
    • 'The repression of free speech in Uganda is common. Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 Press Freedom Index ranks Ugand… ,
    • RT : The Topeka School is out today! I reviewed it for and I'm psyched to see him talking at the Tate tonigh… ,