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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For to organize pessimism means nothing other than to expel moral metaphor
from politics and to discover in political action a sphere reserved one hundred
percent for images. This image sphere, however, can no longer be measured out
exists, absorbing and consuming it, where nearness looks with its own eyes, the
long-sought image sphere is opened, the world of universal and integral
actualities, where the "best room" is missing — the sphere, in a word, in which
The sphere of nonviolent means opens up in the realm of human conflicts
relating to goods. For this reason technique in the broadest sense of the word is
their most particular area. Its profoundest example is perhaps the conference, ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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