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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Nothing , however , could compare with the molding , unless it were the bell that
shrilly marked the beginning and end of lessons and breaks . The timbre and
duration of this signal never varied . And yet how different it sounded at the ...
He has written a major satirical novel . To write it he went back almost to the
beginning . Little remains of the foundation , the plot of the opera . Only the main
characters are the same . For it was they who began before our eyes to grow into
The solidarity of the specialist with the proletariat - herein lies the beginning of
this clarificationcan only be a mediated one . The Activists and the
representatives of New Matter - of - factness could gesticulate as they pleased :
they could not do ...
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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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