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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And even without this map, I still have the encouragement provided by an
illustrious precursor, the Frenchman Leon Daudet, exemplary at least in the title
of his work, which exactly encompasses the best that I might achieve here: Paris
Paris j, Capital of the Nineteenth Century The waters are blue and the vegetation
pink; The evening sweet to behold; People are out walking. Great ladies
promenade; and behind them walk the small ladies. — Nguyen-Trong-Hiep:
Facilis descensus Avemi — Virgil, Aeneid What is unique in Baudelaire's poetry
is that the images of women and death are permeated by a third, that of Paris.
The Paris of his poems is a submerged city, more submarine than subterranean.
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