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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The street corners of some quarters are covered with bundles of rags — beds in
the vast open-air hospital called Moscow. Long, beseeching speeches are
addressed to people. There is one beggar who always begins, at the approach of
11 Green is the supreme luxury of the Moscow winter. But it shines from the shop
in the Petrovka not half as beautifully as the paper bunches of artificial carnations
, roses, lilies on the street. In markets they are the only wares to have no fixed ...
These are gifts from the personnel of a factory to the Moscow Soviet. These
vehicles carry the only political posters still to be seen in Moscow, but they are by
far the most interesting. For nowhere are more naive commercial posters to be
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