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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As a young man he may have loitered near the railway stations to face another
way of living that radically negated all his personal values of absolute purity , and
as a philosopher he continued moving toward thresholds of speculative ...
Just as the living room reappears on the street , with chairs , hearth , and altar , so
, only much more loudly , the street migrates into the living room . Even the
poorest one is as full of wax candles , biscuit saints , sheaves of photos on the
For with mere life the rule of law over the living ceases . Mythical violence is
bloody power over mere life for its own sake , divine violence pure power over all
life for the sake of the living . The first demands sacrifice , the second accepts it .
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