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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Walter Benjamin's parents belonged to the Berlin Jewish upper-middle class, and
his childhood was protected by an elegant household of refined dîners and
prescribed shopping excursions, the inevitable governesses, and the best
I do not mean his book On Foot in Berlin, which was written later, but the
Celebration that our walks together in Paris received in our native city, as if we
were returning to harbor, the jetty still rising and falling as on waves under the
feet of ...
I never slept on the street in Berlin. I saw sunset and dawn, but between the two I
found myself a shelter. Only those for whom poverty or vice turns the city into a
landscape in which they stray from dark till sunrise know it in a way denied to me.
I have therefore known it nailed in some corner of the corridor, whence, shrilling
from the darkness, it augmented the terrors of that Berlin apartment with the
endless passage leading from the half-lit dining room to the back bedrooms.
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