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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and analysis, in a certain type of detective novel at the dynamic center of which ...
Brecht's Threepenny Novel Eight Tears Eight years separate Threepenny Opera
from Threepenny Novel. The new work has developed from the old. But this did
not happen in the quaint manner in which the maturing of a work of art is usually
Bourgeois legality and crime — these are, by the rules of the crime novel,
opposites. Brecht's procedure consists in retaining the highly developed
technique of the crime novel but discarding its rules. In this crime novel the actual
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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