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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What he seeks is a theory dealing with higher knowledge that is not limited by
mathematical and mechanical norms of certainty, but sustained by a new turn to
language, which alone communicates what we philosophically know. Benjamin's
But there is also a secondary cause — the technological advances of cast-iron
construction accelerated by the growth of the railways and, in turn, the use of cast
iron in building railway stations and exhibition halls, wherever transients gather.
We then turn to poetry and to the translations of Soviet lyric poetry from the most
diverse languages with which Das Wort is inundated. Brecht remarks that the
authors over there are having a difficult time. "It is taken as deliberate if the name
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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