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 ...
This short conversation was soon interrupted. 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,
essays, aphorisms, autobiographical writing Walter Benjamin, Peter Demetz.
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