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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What one writes down the following day is more than an enumeration of
impressions ; in the night the trance cuts itself off from everyday reality with fine ,
prismatic edges ; it forms a kind of figure and is more easily memorable . I should
like to ...
or that modification to working conditions , but in the determination to resume
only a wholly transformed work , no longer enforced by the state , an upheaval
that this kind of strike not so much causes as consummates . For this reason , the
Allusion to the astrological sphere may supply a first reference point for an
understanding of the concept of nonsensuous similarity . True , our existence no
longer includes what once made it possible to speak of this kind of similarity :
above all ...
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