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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Nothing is to be seen of the forlornness of the few proletarians who dare to show
themselves to the other visitors in our museums. In Russia the proletariat has
really begun to take possession of bourgeois culture, whereas on such occasions
If it is the double task of the revolutionary intelligentsia to overthrow the
intellectual predominance of the bourgeoisie and to make contact with the
proletarian masses, the intelligentsia has failed almost entirely in the second part
of this task ...
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 ...
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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