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 "Lunaparks" are a prefigura- tion of sanatoria. The paroxysm of genuine
cosmic experience is not tied to that tiny fragment of nature that we are
accustomed to call "Nature." In the nights of annihilation of the last war the frame
of mankind ...
tion, "The conquests of science rest far more on a surrealistic than on a logical
thinking" — if, in other words, they make mystification, the culmination of which
Breton sees in poetry (which is defensible), the foundation of scientific and
tion provided an ideological foundation), violence is a product of nature, as it
were a raw material, the use of which is in no way problematical, unless force is
misused for unjust ends. If, according to the theory of state of natural law, people
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