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Guilt. Stories

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
A remarkable follow-up to Crime, a new, haunting collection of stories based on real cases, told from a defense lawyer's perspective
Paperback, ARC - Uncorrected Proof, 143 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2010)
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Carmo Santos
Dec 17, 2013 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contos, alemanha
Nunca vos acontece ver um filme ou ler um livro e torcer para que o criminoso se safe?
Nestes contos aconteceu-me isso várias vezes. Outras houve em que pela natureza do crime, a frieza e crueldade com que foi cometido me revoltou as entranhas. Nenhum me deixou indiferente. Terminou com chave de ouro e uma última frase que me arrancou uma gargalhada. Genial.
Acabei o livro sem ter a certeza absoluta se estive a ler relatos de casos verídicos, ou contos baseados em situações semelhantes...mas isso
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Teresa
Nov 13, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ferdinand von Schirach trabalha como advogado de defesa, convivendo diariamente com a violência, o crime, a culpa,...
Neste seu segundo livro de contos, numa escrita concisa, conta-nos quinze histórias de crimes e as motivações que levam os seus autores a cometê-los.
De uma forma minimalista, com frases curtas, mas intensas e perturbadoras, o autor "captura-nos" logo nas primeiras linhas e leva-nos a conhecer casos - que se não são verídicos, poderiam ser - de crimes hediondos que nos chocam, mas
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Alexandra
Spannende und überraschende Geschichten, die das Leben eines Strafverteidigers so schreibt, in einer sehr kanppen, prägnanten fast journalistischen Sprache, aber nicht aus der Sicht eines Beobachters, sondern sehr einfühlsam aus Betroffenensicht bzw. Tätersicht präsentiert.

Das Hauptthema von Schuld, sind vor allem ungesühnte und -bestrafte Verbrechen. Manche Stories machen wütend, bei manchen hat man Mitleid mit den Tätern und freut sich, dass sie davongekommen sind.

Ein sehr gutes Werk, keine gr
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Guillermo Jiménez
Narrador nato. Natural. Von Schirach va pelando las finas capas de cebolla que cubren sus historias, para partirlas por la mitad en el momento preciso y llegar así al centro. Al final.

Relatos cargados de un humor muy fino, inteligente; con la capacidad de sacarte una sonrisa larga y lenta, y a la vuelta de página hacerte preguntarte: «¿Por qué demonios me río de esta crueldad?». No hay bien ni mal, hay las cosas como son, como alguien las ve, como alguien las cuenta y como, finalmente, las leemo
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Jim Coughenour
If Columbo had been a severe German criminal defense lawyer, he might have written a book like this. Guilt is the successor to Ferdinand von Schirach's brilliant Crime . Each book contains a collection of true crime (or "true defense") stories.His stories are about his clients, although how much is fiction and how much is fact is hard to tell. Guilt isn't as extraordinary as Crime, but it's still a compelling read. Both books circle around the ambiguous notion of guilt. Some of his characters a ...more
Liz Goodwin
Jul 20, 2015 Liz Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, stories, german, crime
You know how sometimes the only thing that will hit the spot is an episode or twelve of Law & Order? Well, these stories by a lawyer and best-selling author in Germany satisfy in a similar way. They start with a crime based on an actual case and then look at the way in which the courts are used to serve or hinder justice. The no-frills writing creates an eerie, deadpan atmosphere and the exploration of the legal system makes you ponder whether the Law has any real morality. And for an added ...more
Aramys
Feb 22, 2016 Aramys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duros, agridulces y alguno premonitorio, como el del conductor que defendió Schirach por atropellar y matar a un tipo, que salía de su coche para asesinar a una mujer, los relatos que componen Culpa nos hacen valorar y temer la justicia en toda su envergadura, nos hacen participes de las luchas que se suceden en los juzgados a diario, por parte de los abogados, los fiscales y los jueces, muchas veces contra las cuerdas y atados por unas leyes obsoletas, absurdas o demasiado recias. Pero también ...more
Pasteurisiert
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
...vorgelesen von Burghart Klaussner.



Pasteurisiert mit 5 von 5 Sternen. Hart aber absolut hörenswert!



Nachdem ich schon das Hörbuch “Verbrechen” vom gleichen Autor mit einer Spitzennote bewertet hatte, konnte ich das Erscheinen des zweiten Hörbuchs von F. von Schirach, wieder mit der Stimme von B. Klaussner, kaum noch erwarten… und dann war’s endlich da.



Uff, dat’s man barschen Tobak! Wieder erzählt Schirach in seinem gewohnten, sachlich beschreibendem Stil, die schlimmsten Verbrechen, die sich Me
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hcelvis
Mar 01, 2011 hcelvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ferdinand von Schirach, mittlerweile einer der bekanntesten deutschen Strafverteidiger, erzählt auch in seinem zweiten Buch von besonderen Fällen, mit denen er in seiner Arbeit konfrontiert wurde. Diese Stories sind schockierend, dramatisch und fesselnd, reichen von traurigen menschlichen Schicksalen bis hin zu thrillerartigen Geschehnissen und einmal blitzt sogar etwas Ironie zwischen Elend, Verbrechen und Strafen durch. Bei all diesen Geschichten, die der Berliner Anwalt basierend auf wahren F ...more
Sandi
Collection of short stories set in Germany featuring a defense attorney who records his observations of his clients and their crimes and motivations. The writing was rather spare though very realistic. Not quite as good as the previous collection Crime but still well worth reading.
manfred
Feb 02, 2015 manfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kurze kritik auf meinem blog.
Lucy Barnhouse
I almost stopped reading this book partway through the first story. Von Schirach's subject matter is unremittingly dark; these stories include rape, abuse, violence senseless and sadistic, and palpable despair. I was kept reading not only by the breathtaking precision of von Schirach's evocative prose, but, more importantly, by the steadiness of his compassion. As an author, he shows a keen eye for moments of beauty--even grace--in apparently hopeless situations. The ability of the law to enact ...more
Philipp
Feb 23, 2015 Philipp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, germany
Published in English together with "Verbrechen" as "Crime and Guilt"

A short book of dark stories centered around the German justice system written by a defense attorney, supposedly a mix of fact and fiction. Written in a sparse, non-judgmental, highly controlled style, he lists the facts of each case, and then towards the end the narrator appears as the lawyer who tries to sort out the case as much as possible.

Since this isn't TV crime many cases are never "solved" or really finished - for exam
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Saskia
Jun 25, 2015 Saskia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interessant, tragisch, spannend!
Christina
Aug 31, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meget nem at læse!! Små "spiselig" historier, som udfordrer læserens lyst til at placere skyld i al almindelighed. Tit og ofte gemmer der sig en historie bag de umiddelbare handlinger vi udfører...
Leggere A Colori
Inquietante e crudelmente sincera: sono queste le caratteristiche della narrazione di Von Schirach, il quale compare in prima persona, con tanto di nome e cognome, nell’ultimo racconto del libro. Avvocato, scrittore e nipote di un gerarca nazista, Ferdinand von Schirach ha conosciuto il male e ne ha intravisto il fascino sfaccettato come attraverso un prisma ed è esattamente questo ciò che trasmette con la sua scrittura. Naturalmente, non posso definire questo libro una lettura piacevole perché ...more
Gloria
Nov 14, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Guilt' by Ferdinand von Schirach is a disturbing collection of short stories. The author is an acclaimed defence lawyer in Germany, uses his 'case notes' to tell truly shocking tales of Crime and Guilt.
His writing is exquisite, dark and intense, described in a cool and collected manner, which grips the reader from the first page. Nothing is lost in the translation by Carol Brown Janeway.
It is storytelling at it best.
I am not usually attracted to short stories as I prefer to experience the journ
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Greg
Jan 12, 2016 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this style of writing, very sleek and economical. Perfect for the short story.
Cristian García
Apr 28, 2014 Cristian García rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just one story was interesting for me, and it was too short.
Oscar
Feb 01, 2014 Oscar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me he bebido literalmente en unos pocos días los 3 libros de Ferdinand von Schirach publicados por Ed. Salamandra. Son 3 libros excepcionales que ahondan en la naturaleza humana y donde se pone de manifiesto que el sentido de la culpa y el delito no es tan sencillo como a veces nos explican los medios de comunicación. Hay, quizá sin que el autor lo sepa, una labor didáctica impresionante desde el punto de vista sociológico que profundiza en la naturaleza del delito y los orígenes sociales del mi ...more
Awish1987
Oct 28, 2012 Awish1987 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super Buch! Gut geschrieben, tolle Geschichten!
Ull
Feb 16, 2015 Ull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megagut!
Bruce
Apr 12, 2012 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From The New York Times Book Review By ADAM LIPTAK Published: April 6, 2012

Ferdinand von Schirach is both a German criminal defense lawyer and an exceptional prose stylist, as evidenced by his devastating new volume of stories, a sequel to a similar and even stronger collection called “Crime.” That book was a critical and commercial success in Germany and received fine notices when it was published here last year.
There’s a trick to many of von Schirach’s stories, one that works every time. A n
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Lars
Jan 27, 2012 Lars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, german
Sicher, die wahren Fälle aus der Anwalts-Praxis von Ferdinand von Schirach sind durchaus spannend. Klar, die knappe, deskriptive Sprache macht das Buch zu einem echten Pageturner, der gerade aufgrund der scheinbar neutralen Beschreibung auch grausamster Verbrechen sehr fesselt. Aber: Neu ist diese Art von Sprache nicht - es gibt etliche Autoren, die durch kurze, deskriptive Sätze der Fantasie des Leser die Ausstaffierung der einzelnen Szenen überlassen. Und spätestens wenn die dritte Geschichte ...more
Etienne02breton
Aug 09, 2015 Etienne02breton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
15 nouvelles, dont plus du 3/4 sont très intéressantes, ce qui est une excellente moyenne pour ce genre de recueil. Certaines sont particulièrement sombre, mais tous on en commun des crimes et, c'est la force de ce livre, nous porte à réfléchir sur les vrais coupables des crimes commis dans le monde, car ce livre nous démontre que les couapbles ne sont pas toujours ceux qui sont accusés, reconnu, ou appréhendé. Des bonnes nouvelles sombres et une réflexion sur la justice font de ce recueil de no ...more
Joanna
These are not so much short stories as anecdotes for a particularly grisly dinner party. They are glimpses through the curtains at the hidden motives of perpetrators, victims and the lookers on in tragedies large and small. They are very brief, sometimes disappointingly so (the whole book took no more than two and a half hours to read), but they are haunting, and enlightening if not exactly entertaining.
Nadine
Feb 28, 2011 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine tolle Sammlung von Geschichten rund um seinen Beruf als Rechtsanwalt stellt Ferdinand von Schirach hier zusammen. Oft erschütternd, immer zum Nachdenken anregend und manchmal mit einer Portion Humor erzählt er von Fällen, die ihm tatsächlich in seinem Berufsleben untergekommen sind.
Da gibt es den etwas zurückgebliebenen Kleinkriminellen, der vom Regen in die Traufe kommt, als er 3 kleine Aufgaben seines Bosses zu erledigen versucht (Auf das teure Auto Acht geben, den Hund hüten und auf eine
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Jessica Lu
Just as I am traveling around Germany, I read in sequence these 2 criminal? novels, written by a German lawyer.

I got to read his first short story collection "Verbrechen (Crime and Guilt)" at one of my book clubs. I fell for his concise story telling style and the humanity thoughts hidden beyond the lines. "Schuld" is his second short story collection and every story is as good as his first book's ones. Either the readers get stunned or feel sad, every story is showing a dark side of the human b
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Haley Mathiot
May 29, 2012 Haley Mathiot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
Sometimes you can't sugar-coat things, or water them down, or put them eloquently. Sometimes you just have to say it, and be in-your-face and blunt. That's Guilt in a nutshell.

Guilt is a collection of short stories by an attorney. They aren't about the attorney, they're about the characters and the victims. They're about life, and consequences, and foolishness and regret, and why we do the things we do.

The thing about short stories is they're supposed to make you think, and what you leave out i
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