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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Certainly a wholly unfruitful solution to the problem , already announcing the
flight into sabotage and anarchism that later makes it so difficult for the
intellectual to see things clearly . Perhaps the same sabotage of real social
existence is to be ...
One evening - I was already in bed - my father appeared , probably to say good
night . It was half against his will , I thought , that he told me the news of a
relative's death . The deceased was a cousin , a grown man who scarcely
concerned me ...
... he has made himself at home , and barbarism has been installed . For only at a
late stage does barbarism in the exploiters take on the same drastic form that
already characterizes the poverty of the exploited at the beginning of capitalism ...
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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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