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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These forces do not move in a consonant rhythm , and yet , " if one ... then
certainly the quest of free humanity for happiness runs counter to the Messianic
direction ; but just as a force can , through acting , increase another that is acting
in the ...
They offer the familiar , woeful spectacle because they have not remained
conscious of the revolutionary forces to which they owe their existence .
Accordingly , in Germany in particular , the last manifestation of such forces bore
no fruit for ...
( Various symptoms of this have been referred to in the course of this study . )
This lasts until either new forces or those earlier suppressed triumph over the
hitherto lawmaking violence and thus found a new law , destined in its turn to
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