Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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 ...
... of events that reach us like an echo awakened by a call , a sound that seems to
have been heard somewhere in the darkness of past life . Accordingly , if we are
not mistaken , the shock with which moments enter consciousness as if already ...
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 . Brecht is concerned with both ; he therefore draws the epochs
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