Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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 .
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 the word what his smile is to the joke is the holy of holies of
... mental being of man is naming . Man is the namer , by 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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