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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I spoke of the procedure of a certain modish photography whereby poverty is
made an object of consumption . In turning to New Matter - of - factness as a
literary movement , I must take a step further and say that it has made the struggle
poverty an object of consumption . The political importance of the movement was
indeed exhausted in many cases by the conversion of revolutionary impulses ,
insofar as they occurred among bourgeoisie , into objects of amusement that ...
It holds that the means of communication is the word , its object factual , its
addressee a human being . The other conception of language , in contrast ,
knows no means , no object , and no addressee of communication . It means :) in
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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