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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To the other threshold he had no access , and of all those who once had it I alone
remain . I should never have thought that I should seek him by this topographical
route . But if I call to mind the first trial run I made in this direction , more than ...
Else Lasker - Schüler once drew me to her table ; Wieland Herzfelde , then a
young student , was to be seen there , and Simon Guttmann , to whom I shall
return ; but the list here reaches the boundaries of our narrower world . I believe
Once I needed to be wakened at seven in the morning : " Please knock tomorrow
at seven . " This elicited from the hotel porter the following Shakespearean
monologue : " If we think of it we shall wake you , but if we do not think of it we
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