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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So I have to make do with what is resurrected only today , isolated pieces of
interior that have broken away and yet contain the whole within them , while the
whole , standing out there before me , has lost its details without trace . The first ...
Whole trades are based on the spectacle . Newspaper boys drag out the names
of their wares , Roma and the Corriere di Napoli , as though they were sticks of
gum . Their trumpeting is part of urban manufacture . Trade , deeply rooted in ...
of his polemical authority , which is able to lift the intellectual universe of an
author - all the more surely the more worthless it is , in confidence of a truly
prestabilized , reconciling harmony – whole and intact from a single fragment of
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