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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I find it difficult to decide in which way to read the concluding passages of section
14 , where Benjamin speaks of the ... it is impossible to believe that he does not
speak about his own concerns when he describes how the revolutionary artist ...
Hannah Arendt speaks about the importance of the Svendborg conversations
between the critic Benjamin and the playwright Brecht , but I have to confess that I
feel both exhilarated and depressed by these dialogues in exile , which show ...
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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