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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... Haschisch in Marseille, " and "Neapel" in Gesammelte Schriften, Band I V-i,
copyright © 1972 by Suhrkamp Verlag; "Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century,"
"Karl Kraus," and "The Destructive Character" as "Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX.
The destructive character does his work, the only work he avoids is being
creative. Just as the creator seeks solitude, the destroyer must be constantly
surrounded by people, witnesses to his efficacy. The destructive character is a
"Critique of Violence": in Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, XLVII,
1920/21, pp. 809-32. "The Destructive Character": in Frankfurter Zeitung, LXXVI,
November 20, 1931. "Fate and Character": in Die Argonauten, I, 1921, pp. 187-96
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