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 two creation narratives of the Old Testament, he develops his ideas from a
close reading of Genesis i, for he feels that the recurrent rhythm of "Let there be,"
"He made," and "He named" clearly indicates a striking relationship of creation to
act to language appears each time/with the creative omnipotence of language it
begins, and at the end language as it were assimilates the created, names it.
Language is therefore both creative and the finished creation, it is word and
In a strict sense, no name ought (in its etymological meaning) to correspond to
any person, for thevproper name is the word of God in human sounds/By it each
man is guaranteed his creation by God, and^n this sense he is himself creative, ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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