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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only entered its secret by taking it off and contemplating the head against the light
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The necessity of admitting them by this gesture into the sphere of my private
existence seemed presumptuous . I should have had no objection to a less
intimate , and in some way military display of respect . But to greet a teacher as
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But at the time when it broke over its founders as an inspiring dream wave , it
seemed the most integral , conclusive , absolute of movements . Everything with
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