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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There was a sister , Dora , and a brother , George , who , as a physician , loyally
served the working people in the northern industrial districts of Berlin , joined the
German Communist Party , and later died in a concentration camp ( his wife ...
Among them is one in which for me the whole atmosphere of the school is
condensed ; I heard it when , having hitherto received only private tutoring , I was
sent for my first morning , on a trial basis , to what was later to become the Kaiser
Later , each time I passed the Lützow Ufer , my eyes sought her house , and
when , toward the end of my school days , I wrote my first philosophical essay ,
with the title “ Reflections on the Nobility , ” beside that of Pindar with which I
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