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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It is not enough to coerce the dispossessed themselves into exercising it. These
practicalities must be dealt with. But just as a ballet dancer is expected not only to
be able to dance but also to be pretty, fascism requires not only that there be a ...
But whereas the type of petit bourgeois current today — that is, the fascist —
decides in face of this situation to exert his iron, indomitable will, Kafka hardly
resists; he is wise. Where the fascist imposes heroism, he poses questions. He
asks for ...
Brecht thinks of an age without history, of which his poem to sculptors gives a
portrait, and about which he told me a few days later that he thought its arrival
more likely than victory over fascism. But then, still as an argument for the
inclusion of ...
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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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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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