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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It is man's mimetic faculty in the widest sense that brings together what seems
split and divided; the wholeness of the universe is sustained, Benjamin suggests,
by “natural correspondences” that in turn stimulate and challenge man to
The hierarchies of the world and the order of language, or, rather, “words,”
intimately correspond: although the word of God is of absolute and active power,
in man's realm the word is more limited, and it is “soundless” in the “silent magic
in mirroring God's absolute and creative word in “names” on the threshold
between finite and infinite language; the names he gives to and receives from
others may be but a reflection (Abbild) of the divine Word, but name giving
sustains man's ...
They steal along its walls like beggars, appear wraithlike at windows, to vanish
again, sniff at thresholds like agenius loci, and even if they fill whole quarters with
their names, it is as a dead man's fills his gravestone. Noisy, matter-of-fact Berlin,
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