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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Certain of his total isolation in the toughest of all cities , Benjamin decided , as
soon as he arrived in his small hotel room and read a little in Hermann Hesse ' s
Steppenwolf , to continue the hashish experiments he had been undertaking for a
Hasbisb in Marseilles Preliminary remark : One of the first signs that hashish is
beginning to take effect " is a dull feeling of foreboding ; something strange ,
ineluctable is approaching . . . images and chains of images , long - submerged ...
And yet I thought with immense pride of sitting here in Marseilles in a hashish
trance ; of who else might be sharing my intoxication this evening , how few . Of
how I was incapable of fearing future misfortune , future solitude , for hashish
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