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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... against the grain of his sensibilities , to superimpose the terms of Marxist
discourse upon his metaphysical vision of God , language , and a society
ontologically in need of salvation . Theodor W . Adorno , Benjamin ' s irascible
friend and his ...
Benjamin ' s problem , which he shares with other Marxists , is to link the
individual fact or institution with the overall ... In a letter ( November 10 , 1938 )
much discussed by Marxist metacritics , Theodor W . Adorno energetically
accused his ...
His studies of Sorel and his defense of anarchist spontaneity ( as suggested in
his essay on violence ) against any Marxist " programming ' of action reveal
something in him that precedes all political theory and perhaps has its origins in
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