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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My criticism of proletarian writers of Becher's type Brecht found too abstract. He
tried to improve it with an analysis of the Becher poem printed in one of the latest
numbers of one of the official proletarian literary journals under the title "I Say in ...
This didactic poem was a model. Every pupil was intended to put himself in the
place of the 'I.' When Becher says %' he believes himself — as president of the
Union of Proletarian- Revolutionary Writers in Germany — to be exemplary.
Brecht and Heine were the only German lyric poets he favored. (Brecht
occasionally alluded to a certain man in the Central Committee who supported
him.) July 25. Yesterday morning Brecht came over to show me his Stalin poem,
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