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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FIRST AID A highly embroiled quarter , a network of streets that I had avoided for
years , was disentangled at a single stroke when one day a person dear to me
moved there . It was as if a searchlight set up at this person's window dissected ...
Fate and Character Fate and character are commonly regarded as causally
connected , character being the cause of fate . The idea underlying this is the
following : if , on the one hand , the character of a person , the way in which he
At its center , as the main protagonist in a comedy of character , stands often
enough a person whom , if we were confronted by his actions in life instead of by
his person on the stage , we would call a scoundrel . On the comic stage ,
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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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