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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... sided with those artists and critics on the radical left who were arguing against
the growing traditionalism of the Soviet establishment and , often in close combat
with the defenders of an ossifying party line , continued to believe that Marxists ...
... from staircases bristling with filth , from cellar windows hung with rags . These
were the back yards that the city showed me as I returned from Hahnenklee or
Sylt , only to close upon them once more , never to let me see or enter them .
We have from a recent author quite exact information on Provençal love poetry ,
which comes surprisingly close to the Surrealist conception of love . " All the
poets of the ' new style , ' ' Erich Auerbach points out in his excellent Dante : Poet
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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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