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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His most recent portrait characterizes the journalist in the first sentence as “ a
person who has little interest either in himself and his own existence , or in the
mere existence of things , but who feels things only in their relationships , above
Indeed , to secure private life against morality and concepts in a society that
perpetrates the political radioscopy of sexuality and family , of economic and
physical existence , in a society that is in the process of building houses with
glass walls ...
It is , fundamentally , the complete agreement of two forms of existence - life
under the aegis of mere mind or of mere sexuality - in which is founded that
solidarity of the man of letters with the whore to which Baudelaire's existence is
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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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