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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Whether, at the few stalls with pictures of saints, one can still secretly buy those
strange icons that it was already punishable under tsarism to sell, I do not know.
There was the Mother of God with three hands. She is half naked. From her navel
The walls are crammed with pictures, drawings, and pasteboard models. They
are temple walls to which the children daily donate their own work as gifts to the
collective. Red predominates; they are pervaded by Soviet emblems and heads
advances past pictures of saints to the iconostasis. At short intervals, altar
succeeds altar, a glimmering red light denoting each. The side walls are
occupied by large pictures of saints. All parts of the wall that are not thus covered
with pictures ...
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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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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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