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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True, the quartier in Berlin is unfortunately an affair of the well-to-do, and neither
Wedding nor Reinickendorf nor Tegel bears comparison on this account with
Mlnilmontant, Auteuil, or Neuilly. All the more gratifying, therefore, were
True, for successful excavations a plan is needed. Yet no less indispensable is
the cautious probing of the spade in the dark loam, and it is to cheat oneself of
the richest prize to preserve as a record merely the inventory of one's discoveries,
bach's operetta the bourgeois trinity of true, beautiful, and good is brought
together, freshly rehearsed and with musical accompaniment, in its star turn on
the trapeze of stupidity. Nonsense is true, stupidity beautiful, weakness good.
This is ...
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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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