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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ment and active opposition, but he is not willing to disregard what he sees with
his own eyes when he describes daily life as a great laboratory (which does not
change the inventive language of simple people) or when he, with good reason,
ments. His ultimate secret, I believe, is that he works with a few intimate leitmotifs
that fascinate him throughout his life, regardless of the particular stage of his
ideological transformations. The name and the sign, divine violence and
For the function of violence in lawmaking is twofold, in the sense that lawmaking
pursues as its end, with violence as the means, what is to be established as law,
but at the moment of instate- ment does not dismiss violence; rather, at this very ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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