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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He describes how the Surrealists have exploded traditional poetry from within by
pushing the idea of "poetic life" to the utter limits of the possible; inevitably they
have reached a tortuous moment of transition in which the heroic period of ...
This is not the place to give an exact definition of Surrealist experience. But
anyone who has perceived that the writings of this circle are not literature but
something else — demonstrations, watchwords, documents, bluffs, forgeries if
you will, ...
This utterance of Aragon's shows very clearly the path Surrealism had to follow
from its origins to its politicization. In his excellent essay "La revolution et les
intellectuels," Pierre Naville, who originally belonged to this group, rightly called
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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