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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One finds old locks , meter rulers , hand tools , kitchen utensils , electrical goods .
Repairs are carried out on the spot ; I saw someone soldering over a pointed
flame . There are no seats anywhere , everyone stands up , gossiping or trading .
Thus the alleyway passes between rows of innocent houses as if shielded by a
bashful hand from the harbor . On this bashful , dripping hand , however , shines
a signet ring on a fishwife's hard finger , the old Hôtel de Ville . Here , two
Hand in hand , therefore , with the indiscriminate assimilation of facts , goes the
equally indiscriminate assimilation of readers who are instantly elevated to
collaborators . In this , however , a dialectic moment is concealed : the decline of
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