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 last page would have to show an X-ray picture of Surrealism. Breton
indicates in his Introduction au discours sur le peu de realiti how the
philosophical realism of the Middle Ages was the basis of poetic experience. This
realism, however ...
tion, "The conquests of science rest far more on a surrealistic than on a logical
thinking" — if, in other words, they make mystification, the culmination of which
Breton sees in poetry (which is defensible), the foundation of scientific and
is another dictum around which a poetics of Surrealism might grow like a
climbing plant, to sink its roots deeper than the theory of "surprised" creation
originated by Apollinaire, to the depth of the insights of Poe. Since Bakunin,
Europe has ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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