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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... the sparse streetcars spaced at great intervals , the sluggish water of the
Landwehr Canal that marked the dis trict off from the proletarian quarters of
Moabit , the splendid but wholly unfrequented cluster of trees in the Schlosspark
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 ...
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 ...
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