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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After isolating the individual " fact , ” Benjamin searches for its so ciological and
technological causes and / or correspondences , suggests links to economic
trends and political tendencies of the time , and literally forces the " fact ”. part
the time , and literally forces the " fact ” to yield , to reveal , to deliver to his and to
our minds what it hides and preserves of the wishful thinking of the ruling classes
" the development of the forces of production reduced the wish symbols of the ...
... of a correct understanding is to have chosen your position before you came . In
Russia above all , you can only see if you have already decided . At the turning
point in historical events that is indicated , if not constituted , by the fact of “ Soviet
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