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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In his lecture "The Author as Producer," given at the Paris Institute for the Study of
Fascism (1934), Benjamin concentrates on important questions often discussed
with Brecht; and I wonder how the functionaries responded to his nostalgic ...
"These are questions of power. Someone over there ought to say something.
After all, you have friends there." Brecht: "Actually I have no friends there. The
Muscovites don't have any, either — like the dead." August 3. On the evening of ...
Instead, the central place is given to the question of the justification of certain
means that constitute violence. Principles of natural law cannot decide this
question, but can only lead to bottomless casuistry. For if positive law is blind to
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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