Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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. He 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. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.
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While the battles of the civil war were raging in many cities and regions of
Germany , Benjamin in his Swiss retreat devoted critical attention to his studies of
Baudelaire and Adalbert Stifter , an Austrian conservative writer , and in his
Baudelaire ' s poetry draws its strength from the rebellious emotionalism of this
group . ... Facilis descensus Averni - Virgil , Aeneid What is unique in Baudelaire '
s poetry is that the images of women and death are permeated by a third , that of
in Baudelaire . Only Baudelaire hated as Kraus did the satiety of healthy common
sense , and the compromise that intellectuals made with it in order to find shelter
in journalism . Journalism is betrayal of the literary life , of mind , of the demon .
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