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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is also panoramic in a social sense. For the last time the worker appears, outside
his class, as a trimming for an idyll. The panoramas, which declare a revolution in
the relation of art to technology, are at the same time an expression of a new ...
Yet what is decisive in Baudelaire's "deathly idyll" of the city is a social, modern
substratum. Modernity is a main accent in his poetry. He shatters the ideal as
spleen (Spleen et Ideal). But it is precisely modernity that is always quoting
179, 204-05 Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837, Italian poet, 153 Le Play, Fre^ttric,
1806-1882, French mining engineer and social reformer, 161 Leroux, Gaston,
1868-1927, French author of detective novels, 65 Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph,
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