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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Verbrechen by Ferdinand von Schirach. Verbrechen by Ferdinand von Schirach. Das Ungeheuerliche ist bei ihm der Normalfall. Er vertritt Unschuldige, die mit dem Gesetz in Konflikt geraten, ebenso wie Schwerstkriminelle.

Gegen jede Wahrscheinlichkeit wird er von der deutschen Justiz an Leib und Seele gerettet. Aus Liebe.

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Crime & Guilt – Ferdinand von Schirach (trans. Carol Brown Janeway)

Sort order. Ferdinand von Schirach has a name difficult to bear, his grandfather Baldur von Schirach was chief of the Hitler Youth and gauleiter of Vienna, but this may have made him want to become a lawyer. In Crime , the criminal law specialist reports eleven cases in the form of novels. Cases where the perpetrators are "ordinary" people who have reacted violently by a combination of unfortunate circumstances for the victims, or for real motives which, if they do not excuse their crime, partly e Ferdinand von Schirach has a name difficult to bear, his grandfather Baldur von Schirach was chief of the Hitler Youth and gauleiter of Vienna, but this may have made him want to become a lawyer.

Cases where the perpetrators are "ordinary" people who have reacted violently by a combination of unfortunate circumstances for the victims, or for real motives which, if they do not excuse their crime, partly explain it. Ferdinand von Schirach's thorough and ironic analysis of the conjunctural or psychological causes of the crime, combined with the experience and understanding of the depths of the human soul, make this first collection a real success.

View all 4 comments. Sorry about the waffling re genre but I had to go and read up on the writing of this book and it turns out that while the stories offered here are based on real-life cases that passed though the author's offices, the stories themselves are fictional. These are not your standard legal defense narratives by any stretch; it is the circumstances leading up to the commission of each crime which informs the basis of each story. The book also serves as an exploration into not only what constitutes the Sorry about the waffling re genre but I had to go and read up on the writing of this book and it turns out that while the stories offered here are based on real-life cases that passed though the author's offices, the stories themselves are fictional.

The book also serves as an exploration into not only what constitutes the idea of guilt, but also what it is that lies at the core of each human being in this book. These people are not the sort of monsters one might expect in cases such as these; some of them make very bad judgment calls, some are driven by mental illness, while others, well, those I'll leave for readers to discover. He also, I think, asks us to consider the nature of sentencing and justice -- given the human factors beneath what these people have done, is it right to hand down a one-size-fits-all-by-law, prescribed sort of judgment?

The author employs a rather lean, unemotional sort of prose style to relate the tale of a GP from Rotweil who, as the cover blurb notes, finally got a "reprieve" the day he took an axe to his wife's head. While it sounds like it may be the usual lurid crime fare, it is most definitely not. Whether or not anyone will sympathize with the people in this book is an individual judgment call, but it is really tough not to feel something.

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The book itself is an excellent use of crime fiction as a way to understand not only human nature, but also in offering insights into society itself. Definitely recommended; not at all usual crime fare but something unique. And by the way, anyone who has access to MHZ can see six of these stories come to life in a very well-done series called "Crime Stories.

Most things are complicated, and guilt always presents a bit of a problem. These true crime stories hover somewhere between reportage and to my American ear an especially German style of storytelling that makes our courtroom dramas sound hyperbolic and naive. Ferdinand von Schirach is a criminal lawyer with some very peculiar clients. He's also an excellent writer. The crimes are bizarre; serving them justice requires imaginative calculations of compassion, punishment and morality. At times I w Most things are complicated, and guilt always presents a bit of a problem.

At times I was reminded of the essayistic short stories of John Berger or Paul Auster, but von Schirach's tales are grim originals, quietly shocking, tied together with a twisted humor too dark for laughs. View 1 comment. Sep 05, Oliver Schnusenberg rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this collection.

In recent years, I have become immersed and drawn in by a multitude of American authors and have only rarely read German authors. Although I have been in the U. I know no other culture that can be feeling without being feeling. It is as if there is a well-disguised passion that is explained through logic. Probably because I am German, this has always moved me more than all-out emotional extravaganzas.

Germans in general and von Schirach in particular in this book compel readers to feel because it is logical. The other aspect of this book and each story in it that I love is that it is bordering on existentalism. You can almost feel the despair the characters are going through. However, even if the antagonists themselves do not see it, there is always something that gives the reader hope that things are not quite as bad as they could be. There is the promise of something good and bigger than ourselves in each of these stories.


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Jun 29, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: european-literature. A great collection of stories, you cannot put away this book. I got it last week and finished reading it yesterday. Here is what I think about it. They are told by an unnamed narrator who I assumed was Ferdinand von Schirach who makes an appearance in each of those stories.

Each of the stories touches on a distinct or interesting point of law.

In some stories the murderer is not the real villain. In some stories it is not apparent whether a crime has been committed. There are a few stories where the main character has a psychological issue. It is interesting to read how the law treats such people who have supposedly committed a crime. I always thought that Ferdinand was a Spanish name. The second thing that I liked very much was the introduction by the author. After talking a bit about his uncle who was a judge, he talks about the book.

They were murderers, drug dealers, bank robbers and prostitutes. The third thing that I liked about the book was how von Schirach presents some of the subtleties and processes of the law and shows how things are not as black-and-white as they seem from outside. We ceased believing in it a long time ago. When a witness lies, he lies — no judge seriously thinks an oath would make him do otherwise, and oaths appear to leave our contemporaries indifferent.

In another place in the same story, von Schirach talks about punishment : With regard to the practicalities of the case, there was nothing to defend. It was, rather, a problem of judicial philosophy : what is the meaning of punishment? Why do we punish? I used my summation to try to establish this.

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There is a whole host of theories. Punishment should e a deterrent. Punishment should protect us. Punishment should make the perpetrator avoid any such act in the future. Punishment should counterbalance injustice. Our laws are a composite of these theories, but none of them fitted this case exactly. In the Middle Ages, things were simpler : punishment was only commensurate with the act itself…Punishment in those days was a form of mathematics; every act carried a precisely established weight of retribution.

There are eleven short fictional vignettes here, all of which are linked by the concept of guilt. My understanding is that they're are all based on the cases of former clients of Von Schirach, who is a somewhat controversial German defense attorney and very well-known writer. These people are not the sort of monsters one might expect in cases such as these; some of them make very bad judgment calls, some are driven by mental illness, while others, well, those I'll leave for readers to discover. He also, I think, asks us to consider the nature of sentencing and justice -- given the human factors beneath what these people have done, is it right in every case to hand down a one-size-fits-all-by-law, prescribed sort of judgment?

Until the thing with Ingrid. The ice won't bear the weight of some people and they fall through" and it is that moment that interests him. If we're lucky. Whether or not anyone will sympathize with the people in this book is an individual judgment call, but it is really tough not to feel something. Thanks for your help! Memorial has been sponsored successfully.

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