Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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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To fail to recognize the beauty of feminine stupidity was for Kraus always the
blackest Philistinism . Before its radiance the chimeras of progress evaporate .
And in Offen* Karl Kraus translated and edited Offenbach ' s La Vie Parisienne .
Kraus , in his recitals , does not speak the words of Offenbach or Nestroy : they
speak from him . ... An animal feud is on , and so we renounce humanity " ; from a
remote village in the Swiss mountains Kraus throws down ... It is the Karl Kraus
Rather , an exact correlation exists between the factors that give Kraus access to
the two poles of linguistic expression - the ... a deviation . . . leading back to
immediacy ; publicity - a false trail back to language ; satire - a detour to Karl
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