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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As lights on a foggy night have around them gigantic rings , my earliest theatrical
impressions emerge from the mist of my ... True , the source of the light , the
actual happening on the stage , I can no longer discern in so much luminous
More frequent , perhaps , are the cases when the half - light of habit denies the
plate the necessary light for years , until one day from an alien source it flashes
as if from burning magnesium powder , and now a snapshot transfixes the room '
True , in the evening they switch on brighter lights than are permitted in any other
great city . And the cones of light they project are so dazzling that anyone caught
in them stands helplessly rooted to the spot . In the blinding light before the ...
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