Reflections: essays, aphorisms, autobiographical writing
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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Yet in these most difficult years of his life Benjamin felt closer than ever to Bertolt
Brecht, with whom he stayed again and again in Brecht's Danish dacha,
discussing Kafka, the uneasy situation of the radical left in the age of the Stalinist
which Benjamin moved to the speculative left or tried to formulate what he
thought he had learned from Bertolt Brecht; and once we had learned something
about his Marxist commitments, we might feel better prepared to deal with those ...
... and Bertolt Brecht, above all in plays like The Measures Taken (Die
Massnahme), created the new paradigms of a theater obstinately refusing to be
absorbed by capitalist society. Brecht (whose Threepenny Novel Benjamin vastly
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