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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Yet no less indispensable is the cautious probing of the spade in the dark loam ,
and it is to cheat oneself of the richest prize to preserve as a record merely the
inventory of one's discoveries , and not this dark joy of the place of the finding
Brecht : " I am very pleased to see you studying Marx now — at a time when he is
less and less in evidence , above all among our people . " I replied that I
preferred to read muchdiscussed books when they were out of fashion . We went
on to ...
Less possible and also less urgent for humankind , however , is to decide when
unalloyed violence has been realized in particular cases . For only mythical
violence , not divine , will be recognizable as such with certainty , unless it be in ...
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