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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No veil , not the slightest illusion hides from him the laws of exploita . tion .
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modern thinker . He need not fear comparison with Spengler , who showed how
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In the Greek classical development of the idea of fate , the happiness granted to a
man is by no means understood as confirmation of an innocent conduct of life ,
but as a tempta . tion to the most grievous offense , hubris . There is , therefore ...
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