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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Besides the covert position of philanthropy , the bourgeoisie was always ready to
take up the overt position of class struggle . As early as 1831 it recognizes , in the
Journal des Débats , “ Every industrialist lives in his factory like the plantation ...
That way you reach a middle position . " This , he said , was what had happened
to him ; he had become benevolent . In the evening : I should like to give
someone a small present for Asja ; gloves . Brecht thinks it would be difficult . The
the original communistic position of human individual freedom , of the
spontaneous solidarity and union of men .... It is this position , my dear sir , that
alone falls to you . ” Here it is quite palpable where the conception of the "
intellectual , " as a ...
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