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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Few things are shaping Russia more powerfully today. The country is mobilized
day and night, most of all, of course, the Party. Indeed, what distinguishes the
Bolshevik, the Russian Communist, from his Western comrade is this
He had every captured Bolshevik unceremoniously hanged. For Europeans such
a point of ... For it is not only the military of the tsarist empire who, as is known,
placed themselves at the service of the Bolsheviks. Intellectuals, too, return in
... 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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