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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certainly I set off in the direction I vaguely remembered , and found myself at last ,
with mixed feelings of relief and repugnance , amid some alien troop of
schoolboys . From now on bewilderment was uninterrupted : whether I had to
look for my ...
Nor is there any Western city that , in its vast squares , looks so rurally formless
and perpetually sodden from bad weather , thawing snow or rain . Scarcely ...
Nowhere does Moscow look like the city itself ; at the most it resembles its
A disused fortress is her holy footstool , and about her neck is an oval of waxen ,
glazed votive wreaths that look like relief profiles of her forebears . Little chains of
streamers and sails are her earrings , and from the shady lips of the crypt issues ...
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