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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GLOVES In an aversion to animals the predominant feeling is fear of being
recognized by them through contact. The horror that stirs deep in man is an
obscure awareness that in him something lives so akin to the animal that it might
If the theory is correct that feeling is not located in the head, that we sentiently
experience a window, a cloud, a tree not in our brains but, rather, in the place
where we see it, then we are, in looking at our beloved, too, outside ourselves.
But in a ...
I feel this humor infinitely when I am told at the Restaurant Basso that the hot
kitchen has just been closed, while I have just sat down to feast into eternity.
Afterward, despite this, the feeling that all this is indeed bright, frequented,
animated, and ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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