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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elusive answers; the form of the essay may indicate some of his hesitations, yet it
is always our knowledge of the entire kosmos — of God, man, and things — that
is at stake. In a fragment about the essential tasks of (his) philosophy, Benjamin ...
Sectarian interpreters of Benjamin are fond of referring exclusively to one group
of essays and ignoring others, but such divisive tactics are of little help to his
readers, because they impose a reductive pattern of either/or on an intricate
surfeit of ...
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cauer) among the first intellectuals of the Weimar Republic to think seriously
about the new technological possibilities of photography and film. He studied the
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