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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A front door in the old West End . True , my eyes no longer see it , or the facade of
the house . My soles would doubtless be the first to send me word , once I had
closed the door behind me , that on this worn staircase they trod in ancient tracks
For in reality the longer stories , interrupted many times to reappear as
continuations , extended through the whole like subterranean passages . And
what did it matter if the aromas that rose from the tunnels high into the air , where
we saw ...
The animals never walk on the street , and their hoofs have become so long that
they can no longer stand . How could anyone sleep in such rooms ? To be sure ,
there are beds , as many as the room will hold . But even if there are six or seven
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