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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The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely
developed it will be on surrendering itself. Speech conquers thought, but writing
commands it. 7. Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. Literary
The idea underlying this is the following: if, on the one hand, the character of a
person, the way in which he reacts, were known in all its details, and if, on the
other, all the events in the areas entered by that character were known, both what
An existence entirely without relationship to language is an idea; but this idea
can bear no fruit even within that realm of Ideas whose circumference defines the
idea of God. All that is asserted here is that all expression, insofar as it is a ...
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