Reflections: essays, aphorisms, autobiographical writing

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Schocken Books, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 348 pages
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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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Benjamin begins with literary criticism and ends with an ontology completely his own. Read full review

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I offer up a fifth star to the mythopoetic god of obscurity, that my syntactic contortions might be salved Read full review

Contents

A Berlin Chronicle
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OneWay Street selection
61
Moscow
97
Copyright

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Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He died in 1940.

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