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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That height only the strongest , youngest slogans and signs attain . Only from an
airplane does one have a view of the industrial élite of the city , the film and
automobile industries . Mostly , however , the roofs of Moscow are a lifeless
... subsumed , while character appears as something existing in the present and
the past and therefore as perceptible . It is , however , precisely the contention of
those who profess to predict men's fate from no matter what signs ...
concepts , never accessible except through signs because it is situated above the
immediately visible level . The system of characterological signs is generally
confined to the body , if we disregard the characterological significance of those ...
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