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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Jahrhunderts,” “Karl Kraus,” and “Der destruktive Charakter” in Illuminationen,
copyright 1955 by Suhrkamp Verlag; “Surrealism,” “On Language as Such and
on the Language of Man,” and “On the Mimetic Faculty” as “Der Sürrealismus,” “
The essay “Karl Kraus” and the précis “Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century”
surely are representative and challenging examples of meditations in which
speculative and Marxist views of the world forcefully collide. Karl Kraus (1874–
Benjamin's perplexing and rich essay on Karl Kraus (of which I can hope to
explicate only a major strain) argues from a late gnostic as well as from a Marxist
perspective, in which the postlapsarian and the capitalist worlds seem to be ...
ing reflections even on his idea of freedom and of humanity.” Karl Kraus, as the
Austrian conservative Adalbert Stifter did before him, sides with “the party of
nature” and inevitably turns a blind eye to the social realm. His indubitable virtues
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