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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I hesitated before taking wine. It was a half bottle of Cassis. A piece of ice was
floating in the glass. Yet it went excellently with my drug. I had chosen my seat on
account of the open window, through which I could look down on the dark square
colonnade or a window, threw into a relief by this colonnade, this window. Later I
noted as I looked down, "From century to century things grow more estranged."
Here I must observe in general: the solitude of such trances has its dark side.
Imagine a family scene: the wife is just about to grab a bronze sculpture to throw
it at her daughter; the father is opening the window to call for help. At this moment
a stranger enters. The process is interrupted; what appears in its place is the ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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