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 child's first excursion into the exotic world of abject poverty characteristically
took written form ( only by chance , perhaps , one of his first excursions to do so ) ,
being the depiction of a sandwich man and his humiliation at the hands of the ...
Should the European correlation of power and money penetrate Russia , too ,
then perhaps not the country , perhaps not even the Party , but Communism in
Russia would be lost . People here have not yet developed European consumer
... all are subject to a kind of secret bond that determines their inner and perhaps
also their outer lives . ” The dialectics of intoxication are indeed curious . Is not
perhaps all ecstasy in one world humiliating sobriety in that complementary to it ?
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