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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Yet in these most difficult years of his life Benjamin felt closer than ever to Bertolt
Brecht, with whom he stayed again and again in Brecht's Danish dacha,
discussing Kafka, the uneasy situation of the radical left in the age of the Stalinist
In consonance with his intellectual development, we would, in the next step, deal
with a third cluster of essays in which Benjamin moved to the speculative left or
tried to formulate what he thought he had learned from Bertolt Brecht; and once ...
His Marxism was a library affair (more Lenin and Trotsky than Marx, and more
early Lukács than Engels), and the challenging way in which he speaks of
Surrealism, Sergei Tretiakov, and Bertolt Brecht suggests that he was, in the
Yet we should not ignore the beginnings of a countermovement: “the
revolutionary strength of Dada” tested the authenticity of art, John Heartfield used
photo montage to teach the working people, and Bertolt Brecht, above all in plays
like The ...
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