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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One - Way Street ( SELECTION ) This street is named Asja Lacis Street after her
who as an engineer cut it through the author FILLING STATION The construction
of life is at present in the power of facts far more than of convictions , and of such
It is the wild variety of the street trade . Shoe polish and writing materials ,
handkerchiefs , dolls ' sleighs , swings for children , ladies ' underwear , stuffed
birds , clothes hangers — all this sprawls on the open street , as if it were not
twenty - five ...
Just as the living room reappears on the street , with chairs , hearth , and altar , so
, only much more loudly , the street migrates into the living room . Even the
poorest one is as full of wax candles , biscuit saints , sheaves of photos on the
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