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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In Vandervelde the house appears as the expression of personality . Ornament is
to this house what the signature is to a painting . The real meaning of art nouveau
is not expressed in this ideology . It represents art's last attempt to escape from ...
But it is at the end , not the beginning , of the experiment that the situation
appears — a situation that , in this or that form , is always ours . It is not brought
home to the spectator but distanced from him . He recognizes it as the real
situation , not ...
... and within which there is no conceivable path of liberation ( for insofar as
something is fate , it is misfortune and guilt ) -such an order cannot be religious ,
no matter how the misunderstood concept of guilt appears to suggest the contrary
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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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