Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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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Baudelaire's poetry draws its strength from the rebellious emotionalism of this
group. ... Facilis descensus Avemi — Virgil, Aeneid What is unique in
Baudelaire's poetry is that the images of women and death are permeated by a
third, that of ...
This is the moment to embark on a work that would illuminate as has no other the
crisis of the arts that we are witnessing: a history of esoteric poetry. Nor is it by
any means fortuitous that no such work yet exists. For written as it demands to be
trail back to language; satire — a detour to poetry." This "source" — the
phenomenon's seal of authenticity — is the subject of a discovery that has a
curious element of rediscovery. The theater of this philosophical recognition
scene in Kraus's ...
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