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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Indoors one only camps, and usually the scanty inventory is only a residue of
petit- bourgeois possessions that have a far more depressing effect because the
room is so sparsely furnished. An essential feature of the petit-bourgeois interior,
Yet always a symbol of the "bourgeois." It is one of the crude stage sets with the
aid of which, for propaganda purposes, a grotesque image of the bourgeois type
is constructed. In reality the image is often merely ridiculous, the discipline and ...
of their present form of existence, find expression in these cities. They find
expression in another way in the desire for a "Leader," who for the petit bourgeois
represents the man whom — in a world where blame can be passed from one
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