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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Karl Kraus (1874-1936) has for a long time been a towering cult figure for a
particular generation of Austrian and German writers, but outside of his time and
place, it is almost impossible to communicate something of his ambivalent
For that it had to thank its partner, the press, which disposed of humanity in the
way to which Kraus alludes in these words: "Human rights are the fragile toy that
... 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. And now ... Like Timon's verse, Kraus's poetry stands opposite
the colon of the dramatis persona, of the role. ... It is the inhuman quality Karl
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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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