* Date : 2014-11-17
- Bernhard Schlink
At the end of October 2014, Bernhard Schlink, a celebrated contemporary German literature writer, visited Korea for the first time on the occasion to receive the 4th Pak Kyongni Prize. He also joined for a talk on "Heart to Heart" to meet his readers both local and abroad.
The Reader, which is the most renowned work of the representative author of the contemporary German literary world, is a novel concerning the unlimited liability of the Germans inhumane genocide and destruction of civilization carried out by Nazi Germany. The book has received global acclaim for its literary achievements as it has been translated in 48 different languages, receiving literary awards in each respective country, and also adapted into a Hollywood film.
Bernhard Schlink, who is a former judge and professor of law with experience in the court where diverse life stories containing a wide range of emotions and vicissitudes unfold, has dealt with serious topics such as history, ethics, justice, crime, and redemption. Schlink began his career as a novelist in 1987 with the detective novel he wrote based on his legal experience, Self’s Punishment (Selbs Justiz), and his literary works incorporate the past crimes of Nazi Germany and take reflections upon them, in particular the issues of crime and responsibility, as their main motif.
When would have been the moment that Bernhard Schlink, who began his career as a writer at a relatively late age of over 40, was tempted to become a writer during his career in the legal profession? From the hidden stories about his works to his definition of 'love,' meet Bernhard Schlink on this week's "Heart to Heart."