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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... chains of images , long - submerged memories appear , whole scenes and
situations are experienced ; at first they arouse interest , now and then enjoyment
, and finally , when there is no turning away from them , weariness and torment .
... from Nestroy , are bereft of all musical means . The word never gives way to the
instrument ; but by extending its boundaries. further. and. further. it. finally.
enfeebles. itself. ,. dissolving. into. a merely animal voice : a humming that is to
this. we. recognize. that. through. him. pure. language. speaks . All. nature ,
insofar as it communicates itself , communicates itself in language , and so finally
in man . Hence 318 Reflections.
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