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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It would not surprise me to hear that the cupboards, too, were crowned with such
adornments, not to mention the pictures of the Kaiser on the walls. Heraldic and
chivalrous obtuseness shone forth wherever possible. In the great hall, however,
The walls are crammed with pictures, drawings, and pasteboard models. They
are temple walls to which the children daily donate their own work as gifts to the
collective. Red predominates; they are pervaded by Soviet emblems and heads
The side walls are occupied by large pictures of saints. All parts of the wall that
are not thus covered with pictures are lined with shining gold-colored tin plate.
From the trashily painted ceiling hangs a crystal chandelier. Nevertheless the
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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