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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In one of the streets I passed along on my endless wanderings I was surprised ,
many years earlier , by the first stirring of my sexual urge , under the oddest
circumstances . It was on the Jewish New Year's Day , and my parents had made
Only one of them , Aero II , which reminded me of aerial warfare , I passed by
without cordiality , exactly as , in the bar that I had just left , my gaze had been
obliged to pass over certain excessively deformed countenances . Upstairs at
I want to pass where no one yet has passed , quietly ! -After you , dearest
language . ” Language takes precedence . Not only before meaning . Also before
the self . In the world's structure dream loosens individuality like a bad tooth .
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