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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... horizon within which we have to rethink our conceptions of literary forms or
genres , in view of the technical factors affecting our present situation , if we are to
identify the forms of expression that channel the literary energies of the present .
There are eyes , however , before which the more usual scenes of present - day
existence do not look very different : the eyes of the epic dramatist . To the total
dramatic artwork he opposes the drainatic laboratory . He makes use in a new
This appears as impossible as " to predict the future ” ; for under this category the
foretelling of fate is unceremoniously subsumed , while character appears as
something existing in the present and the past and therefore as perceptible .
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