However, I gained a lot of knowledge about criminal law procedures, and about the philosophy of modern German legal practice, which have much to commend themselves to those of us who have been brought up on the English common law system and are unaware that there are other approaches to justice available. This leaves plenty of room for von Schirach to employ his other talents, for the perfectly placed visual detail, and especially for crafting memorable personalities, through a judicious combination of astute observations mingled with the little impenetrable mysteries of others, alongside a knack for telling glimpses into fractured minds, each doled out with a scrupulous lack of sentimentality. Each tale whips along, a shock at every turn, like some beast with eyes of red-hot coal panting down a forest track at night. Yet its combination of legal experience and literary command will continue to find favor with those who appreciated the debut. And against all expectations of profession and nationality, it's written with a light, faintly humorous touch. From Ferdinand von Schirach, one of Germany's most prominent defense attorneys, comes a jolting debut collection of short stories that daringly brings to light the motivations stirring within the criminal mind.
Ferdinand von Schirach, one of Germany's most prominent defence lawyers, is also a master storyteller. But it may not be moral. From von Schirach's professional engagement with the law in Germany, he has crafted some beautifully written and very well translated by Carol Brown Janeway insights into the German legal system and, more importantly, the strange, terrible and bizarre ways in which we come up against the law and c I'm really pleased that I picked up a copy of The Collini Case while waiting for a train in London. The author presents a diversity of cases, which could have been mere file cases in the hands of a lesser author, and presents what guilt and its impact mean to the perpetrator and those who are closest to him or her. He does not pass judgment on his characters, opting instead to observe them through his sparse prose. Shortly thereafter he became one of Germany's most successful authors. These are court cases, perhaps drawn from the author's personal expériences.
Knopf and author von Schirach. Although each story can be picked up and read at any time, I suspect that many readers, like me, will finish this volume in one or two sittings. Yet somehow the empathy and simple style very just the facts of the narration makes even deeply upsetting content seem somehow humane instead of lurid and awful. A lawyer takes control, describing the modest steps he has made to guide the case toward an invariably unsatisfactory conclusion. Makes it clear that all types can fall foul of the law or perpetrate a crime which ordinarily they would seem a long shot to commit. I will say that the author — and his translator, Carol Brown Janeway — have, through an economy of words, created mesmerizing portrayals that provide a whiplash despite the laconic style. He stripped the wallpaper, spackled the walls smooth and whitewashed them, got rid of the carpet, and polished the floorboards.
Ferdinand von Schirach — a leading German defense attorney and the grandson of Baldur von Schirach, head of the Hitler Youth and convicted at Nuremberg — has no doubt pondered the nature of guilt in all its manifestations more than most of us. They are damaged, overwhelmed, stupid or undone by sexual desire, and they make catastrophic mistakes. A special thank you to Vintage for sending us a copy of this book for review. But then, if the stories are fiction, this concern dissipates. Schabowski was given a three-year custodial sentence.
You can read more book reviews or buy Crime and Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach and Carol Brown Janeway translator at You can read more book reviews or buy Crime and Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach and Carol Brown Janeway translator at. By turns witty and sorrowful, unflinchingly brutal and heartbreaking, the deeply affecting, quietly unnerving cases presented in Crime urge a closer examination of guilt and innocence. A nameless lawyer invites us to read an extraordinary dossier of violent and unspeakable acts. Most memorable stories: the story about the seemingly meek person on the train platform who expertly kills two thugs; the story about the young man who wants to eat his girlfriend, who fails to receive help, and ends up killing someone; the story about thieves Outstanding collection of short stories. Henry twists, but they are also relatively short.
In the first story, about a gang rape at a town fair, an insecure young lawyer waits with eight colleagues in a courthouse hallway for a decision that will free all their clients, many of whom were surely guilty. The Ferdinand von Schirach's Crime is one of the greatest testaments that most of the time, real life is stranger than fiction and not all stories have happy endings nor all the so-called 'villains' punished. The wife confesses, and the medical evidence confirms the years of violence she has undergone. The next thing was the pictures. I highly recommend this collection. He gradually emptied his apartment: illustrated magazines, vases, decorated ashtrays, coasters, a lilac bedspread, and two plates with motifs from Toledo. At the end of the hall a sergeant was leaning against the wall; he was fat and tired and he despised every one of us.
Collection of 26 short stories presents crimes of various kind and gravity, sometimes fully executed, sometimes barely intended. Who needs to get into the judge's head when a minor detail telegraphs his indecision so eloquently? The simplicity of the style belies the emotional power that hides behind it. Von Schirach had an uncle who had been a judge. In the end, self-defense may absolve the man of the charge of murder — but the possibility that he has committed other crimes disgusts von Schirach. There's no better way of finding out about what goes on in court proceedings, trials for cases than a defense lawyer giving us all the details about it and not just about it from an objective point of view about how it felt like for the accused or the victim but also from a subjective point of view where he goes on to tell us how the case felt for him and how it affected This book was so great to read! On May 23, 1946, the case of Baldur von Schirach was taken up by the tribunal.
Although this book is translated from the German it reads beautifully. The writer writes in such a direct and clear manner. Though the narratives are often as terse as the best hard-boiled crime fiction, the most compelling tales have a philosophical dimension reminiscent of Kafka or Camus. All by itself, adolescence is a minor tragedy, but the way in which quotidian frustrations warp into desperation, that claustrophobic thinking can needlessly escalate into calamity, are refrains to which this brief, disquieting compilation will return, approaching human nature as it does with its own pragmatic, yet complicated view. It offers no judgement, just facts, all presented as a look back in time by the same narrator, the same link betwee This book fed my hunger for crime efficiently and fully.
For, courtroom procedure aside, the spirit of the German-language Märchen really drives this book: eerie tales of the uncanny, as practiced by Hoffmann, Kleist, the Grimms, and even Kafka. These are not mysteries but stories of how people's lives lead them to a criminal moment. In these brief, succinct tales, von Schirach calls into question the nature of guilt and the toll it takes—or fails to take—on ordinary people. Crime may change the way you judge the world. If i knew German i would definitely read every single one of his other books, or if there are any other translated books or books written in English by him then i will have to give them all a go! All of them had a ring of truth. All the crimes have one thing in common: the guilty have never been convicted in a court of law. Hence, I was exposed to first-hand accounts of the widespread social disfunctionality, and criminality, that marks the lives of many immigrants from the Middle East; differences in criminal practice and procedure between Germany and the United States; and odd trivia of life in Berlin - where, for example, they sell fifteen times as many baseball bats as baseballs a metal bat being a favored piece of a young goon's arsenal.
One woman is driven to sexual debasement to fill the void left by her father's death, while elsewhere a man trades his silence for a new set of teeth. Also read this while reading the masterpiece 'Devils Disciples' and on the back of the author's Collini Case. The work is necessary and probably ethical, he suggests, again and again. This book fed my hunger for crime efficiently and fully. All our lives we dance on a thin layer of ice; it's very cold underneath, and death is quick.