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 only places of historical experience in industrial civilizations ; his obsession
( shared by the French Surrealists ) ... his “ topographical consciousness ” shapes
experience in architectonic patterns , in neighborhoods , and in particular in ...
It is the dangerous error of modern men to regard this experience as unimportant
and avoidable , and to consign it to the individual as the poetic rapture of starry
nights . It is not ; its hour strikes again and again , and then neither nations nor ...
This loosening of the self by intoxication is , at the same time , precisely the fruitful
, living experience that allowed these people to step outside the domain of
intoxication . This is not the place to give an exact definition of Surrealist
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