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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And on those days the feeling never left me that if for only a moment I relaxed my
vigilance, permitted myself only the briefest well-being in the shade of a tree or
before a sausage vendor's stand, I should fall in ten years' time irredeemably into
And the cones of light they project are so dazzling that anyone caught in them
stands helplessly rooted to the spot. In the blinding light before the Kremlin gate
the guards stand in their brazen ocher furs. Above them shines the red signal that
The smaller ones are trimmed only with silk bows; little pines with blue, pink, and
green ribbons stand on the corners. But to the children the Christmas toys, even
without a Santa Claus, tell how they come from deep in the forests of Russia.
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Eingeschränkte Leseprobe - 2019