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 sway of the dream. For washing brings only the surface of the body and the
visible motor functions into the light, while in the deeper strata, even during the
morning ablution, the gray penumbra of dream persists and, indeed, in the
I cannot recall having seen rooms in the dream. It was a perspective of
whitewashed corridors like those in a school. Two elderly English lady visitors
and a curator are the dream's extras. The curator requests us to sign the visitors'
book lying ...
A New Face The soldier Fewkoombey, who in the prologue is given lodgings on
Peachum's suggestion, and to whom in the epilogue "the talent of the poor" is
revealed in a dream, is a new face, or, rather, scarcely a face but "transparent
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