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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We are under no obligation , of course , but if it crosses our mind , we do it . When
do you want to be wakened ? At seven ? Then we shall write that down . You see
, I am putting the message there where he will find it . Of course , if he does not ...
From early till late people dig for power . All the combinations of our leading
figures are meager in comparison to the countless constellations that here
confront the individual in the course of a month . True , a certain intoxication can
result , so ...
It arrests the action in its course , and thereby compels the listener to adopt an
attitude vis - à - vis the process , the actor vis - à - vis his role . I should like to
show you through an example how Brecht's discovery and use of the gestus is
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