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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... opposition to the Stalinists , the dogma of Socialist Realism ( after 1934 ) , and
the revolutionary decree from above . ... encounter with a revolutionary world that
claims his instinctive sympathies and yet does not assuage the strong doubts of ...
concept of freedom " for one disenchanted with " eternal discussions ” and
longing for vital decisions to go beyond the alternatives of the " anarchist fronde "
( close to his sensibilities ) and “ revolutionary discipline ” ( demanded by the ...
And this proves to them that " mankind's struggle for liberation in its simplest
revolutionary form ( which , however , is liberation in every respect ) , remains the
only cause worth serving . ” But are they successful in welding this experience of
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