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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Brecht comes and stands in an artful , crushed posture in front of the armchair in
which I am sitting - he is imitating the state ' — and says , with a sidelong squint at
imaginary clients ; ' I know , I ought to be abolished . ' " A conversation on the ...
Furthermore , Brecht stressed in this connection that with the dissolution of the
First International , Marx and Engels lost contact with the workers ' movement and
henceforth sent only private advice , not intended for publication , to individual ...
In the Best Tales of the Robber Woynok by Seghers , Brecht praised the signs it
gave that she had freed herself from her commission . " Seghers cannot write for
a commission , just as I , without one , would have no idea how to start . " He also
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