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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This is not the place to give an exact definition of Surrealist experience . But
anyone who has perceived that the writings of this circle are not literature but
something else - demonstrations , watchwords , documents , bluffs , forgeries if
you will ...
A profound distinction is to be made , a choice presented , in face of which an
intrinsically false understanding of language is certain to give itself away . Does
man communicate his mental being by the names that he gives things ? Or in
By giving names , parents dedicate their children to God ; the names they give do
not correspond — in a metaphysical , not etymological sense — to any
knowledge , for they name newborn children . In a strict sense , no name ought (
in its ...
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