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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But in my memory it remains today the scene of a haunting dream that I once had
in just those happy years . ... the front of the house , and another part again was
animated by the piano lessons received by the last daughter to remain at home .
feeling is mastered , it is only by a drastic gesture that overleaps its mark : the
nauseous is violently engulfed , eaten , while the zone of finest epidermal contact
remains taboo . Only in this way is the paradox of the moral demand to be met ...
Laws and unmarked frontiers remain , at least in primeval times , unwritten laws .
A man can unwittingly infringe upon them and thus incur retribution . For each
intervention of law that is provoked by an offense against the unwritten and ...
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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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