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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is , the fascist - decides in face of this situation to exert his iron , indomitable will ,
Kafka hardly resists ; he is wise . Where the fascist imposes heroism , he poses ...
But it is at the end , not the beginning , of the experiment that the situation
appears — a situation that , in this or that form , is always ours . It is not brought
home to the spectator but distanced from him . He recognizes it as the real
situation , not ...
Immediately , a precise apparatus of control is brought into play : through a
meshing of oral and written forms the polemical possibilities of every situation are
totally exhausted . With what precautions this is surrounded can be seen from the
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