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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cled a debate familiar to you . Its familiarity tells you how unfruitful it has been , for
it has not advanced beyond the monotonous reiteration of arguments for and
against : on the one hand , the correct political line is demanded of the poet ; on
Sorel has the credit - from political , rather than purely theoretical , considerations
of having first distinguished them . ... of their conceptions ; in their present
organizations the politicians ( viz . the moderate socialists ) are already preparing
Political. Fragment. Only the Messiah himself consummates all history , in the
sense that he alone redeems , completes , creates its relation to the Messianic .
For this reason nothing historical can relate itself on its own account to anything ...
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