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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... be bought dearly enough with blood , understanding , and human dignity ” -thus Kraus concludes the dispute between the cannibal and human rights .
Kraus , in his recitals , does not speak the words of Offenbach or Nestroy : they speak from him . And now and then a breathtaking , half - blank ...
Rather , an exact correlation exists between the factors that give Kraus access to the two poles of linguistic expression — the enfeebled pole of humming ...
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