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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tures from the realm of the intellectual superstructure . Benjamin ' s dialectic , he
added , lacked proper mediation , and his thought inevitably oscillated between "
magic and positivism . ” I am not in sympathy with Adorno ' s prescription of what
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This is a mediating activity , yet it frees the intellectual from that purely destructive
task to which Maublanc and many of his comrades believe it necessary to confine
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