Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 19.02.2019 - 352 Seiten
“This book is just that: reflections of a highly polished mind that uncannily approximate the century’s fragments of shattered traditions.” — Time
A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin’s writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin.
Benjamin moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century.
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tend to approach Walter Benjamin from a more impersonal view than others have
done. My difficulty is that I find myself unable to share his assumptions in the
traditions of Romantic metaphysics or Hegelian dialectics, but I hope to balance ...
critic Helmut Heissenbüttel and some younger interpreters emerging from the
radical German student movement of the late sixties, who rightly stress the
substantial differences between Adorno's and Benjamin's way of using Marxist
for Benjamin (who thought of himself as the “last of the Europeans” and a rather
hesitant candidate for emigration to America) an affidavit and entry visa for the
United States. Yet in these most difficult years of his life Benjamin felt closer than
Benjamin speaks about correspondences where many other Marxists would refer
to economic basis and cultural superstructure; and he often suggests these
correspondences by parallel sentence structures, neatly arranging the semantic ...
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