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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... the smell of perspiration in the classroom, the confusions of puberty, the pale
whore in the blue sailor-suit dominating (as in an Antonioni movie) his recurrent
dreams, the famous Romanische Café as well as the more modest Princess Café
Its place—on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Unter den Linden—has been
taken by one of the noisiest luxury cafés of new Berlin, against which the earlier
one, however luxurious it may have been in its day, stands out with all the magic
I believe we were alien to the café; the feverish concentration induced by concern
with so many rival actions, the organization of the Free Students' Union and the
development of the debating chambers, the elaboration of our speeches in large
A particularly telling example is the history of the Romanische Café from exactly
the moment when the proprietor of the West End Café evicted his clientele. Very
soon the Romanische Café accommodated the bohemians, who, in the years ...
The latter should be taken almost literally, for this café, designed by Lucian
Bernhard, an interior decorator and poster artist much in demand at that time,
offered its visitors an abundance of snug recesses, standing historically midway
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