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 if Paris thus answered my most uneasy expectations , from another side it
surpassed my graphic fantasies . The city , as it disclosed itself to me in the
footsteps of a hermetic tradition that I can trace back at least as far as Rilke and
The side of the writing desk abutted on the wall opposite the window . Sitting and
writing at it was the poet , in extreme old age . I was standing to one side when he
broke off to give me a small vase , an urn from antiquity , as a present . I turned ...
But are they successful in welding this experience of freedom to the other
revolutionary experience that we have to acknowledge because it has been ours
, the constructive , dictatorial side of revolution ? In short , have they bound revolt
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