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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precisely because it explicates the nature of memory by testing its powers, is a far
more restless and profound text than his “Berlin Childhood Around the Turn of the
Century,” in which individual memories are neatly ordered in a static if not ...
mechanical norms of certainty, but sustained by a new turn to language, which
alone communicates what we philosophically know. Benjamin's essay “On the
Mimetic Faculty,” with its sudden shifts of attention and compressed arguments of
propensity for turning the most insignificant items of conduct into tests of my
aptitude for practical life I owe the dreamy recalcitrance with which I
accompanied her as we walked through the streets, rarely frequented by me, of
the city center.
He must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter; to scatter it as
one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the matter itself is only
a deposit, a stratum, which yields only to the most meticulous examination ...
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