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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Man's dignity consists in mirroring God's absolute and creative word in "names"
on the threshold between finite and infinite language; the names he gives to and
receives from others may be but a reflection (Abbild) of the divine Word, but name
People are only creative to the extent that they avoid tasks and supervision. Work
as a supervised task — its model: political and technical work — is attended by
dirt and detritus, intrudes destructively into matter, is abrasive to what is already ...
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
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