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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Only toward evening does it become invisible. But then the shortage of housing
in Moscow produces its most astonishing effect. If you wander the streets in the
dusk you see in the large and small houses almost every window brightly lit.
the banal beasts of dry land become fantastic. In the fourth or fifth stories of these
tenement blocks cows are kept. The animals never walk on the street, and their
hoofs have become so long that they can no longer stand. How could anyone ...
It should be compared to Marx's treatment of the "Jewish question," in order to
judge how totally this playful reaction of 1909 — the reaction against the classical
ideal of humanity — was likely to become a confession of materialist humanism
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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