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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The halt the Party one day called to wartime Communism with the NEP had a
terrible backlash, which felled many of the movement's fighters. At that time many
returned their membership books to the Party. Cases are known of such total ...
dsion and such felicity that no chink was left for the penny-in- the-slot called "
meaning." Image and language take precedence. Saint-Pol Roux, retiring to bed
about daybreak, fixes a notice on his door: "Poet at work." Breton notes: "Quietly.
It consists in the use of violence as a means of legal ends. For the subordination
of citizens to laws — in the present case, to the law of general conscription — is a
legal end. If that first function of violence is called the lawmaking function, ...
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