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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the previous night. It had been an eerie one. A ghost had appeared to me. The
site of its operations did not, in exact truth, really exist, but had nevertheless a
very strong resemblance to one known, tantalizing, and inaccessible to me,
But forest night, too, lives in the wood. There are the heavy little boxes with
scarlet interiors: on the outside, on a gleaming-black background, a picture.
Under the tsars this industry was on the point of extinction. Now, besides new
By Night, he entitles the logbook of this control. For night is the mechanism by
which mere mind is converted into mere sexuality, mere sexuality into mere mind,
and where these two abstractions hostile to life find rest in recognizing each other
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