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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The struggle of the bourgeoisie against the social rights of the proletariat has
already begun in the Great Revolution and coincides with the philanthropic
movement that conceals it, attaining its fullest development under Napoleon III.
Doblin formulates the recommendation that, for these and other reasons, he
gives Herr Hocke: "You, my dear sir, cannot put into effect your agreement in
principle with the struggle (of the proletariat) by joining the proletarian front. You
must be ...
And so we return to the thesis stated at the outset: the place of the in- intellectual
in the class struggle can be identified, or, better, chosen, only on the basis of his
position in the process of production. For the transformation of the forms and ...
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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