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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At their head , so to speak , was the Lepke auction room itself , with which my
father not only had connections but from which , from time to time , he also
brought home a purchase . I doubt that this commerce was an alto gether happy
one , with ...
Work itself has its turn to speak . And the account ... Since , on the one hand , the
newspaper , technically speaking , represents the most important literary position
, but , on the other , this position is controlled by the The Author as Producer 225.
Kraus , in his recitals , does not speak the words of Offenbach or Nestroy : they
speak from him . And now and then a breathtaking , half - blank , half - glittering
whoremonger's glance falls on the crowd before him , inviting them to the unholy
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