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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Benjamin was the first philosophical defender of Brecht's revolutionary plays, but
he also felt attracted by Franz Kafka for a long time and critically studied the
Austrian Catholic Adalbert Stifter. His continued readings of the Bolshevik
He had every captured Bolshevik unceremoniously hanged. For Europeans such
a point of view, which intransigently subordinates the prestige of ideology to
practical demands, is barely comprehensible. But this incident is also
... addition an astute Party stratagem is involved: to equal the level of
consumption in Western Europe, the trial by fire of the Bolshevik bureaucracy, at
a freely chosen moment, steeled and with the absolute certainty of victory. In the
Red Army ...
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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