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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True , I see before me a scene from the drama , but entirely cut off , without my
knowing whether it is really from this performance or from another , any more
than I know whether I saw Kainz or not ; whether his appearance was canceled
For millions upon millions of illiterates , the foundations of a general education
have yet to be laid . This is a national , Russian task . Prerevolutionary education
in Russia was , however , entirely unspecific , European . The European • Soviet
Aragon was thereby entirely correct when , in another connection , he declared , “
The revolutionary intellectual appears first and foremost as the betrayer of his
class of origin . " This betrayal consists , in the case of the writer , in conduct that ...
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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