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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing Berliner Kindheit by Walter Benjamin, 3 Nov 2013
This review is from: Berliner Kindheit um Neunzehnhundert: Die 41 Miniaturen zeichnen sich als Schlüsseltexte der Moderne aus (German Edition) (Kindle Edition)
I have given this work the highest 5- star rating. Why? Because of its literary excellence per se ; because of its assured and successful acquittal of its set task ; because of the magnificence of the German language in which it is written and because of the author's so successful and informative management of his autobiographical material against the associated background of World War Two - politics, society, the human condition , ... and the position of families and individuals in these times, in which, not at all least, there is horror in store for the Jews in the frame, Walter Benjamin and his family among them. What in particular have I gained from my reading of ' Berliner Kindheit'? Firstly, the satisfaction and pleasure of reading in higher order terms in a foreign language- I read a lot in German. Secondly, I have been struck by the insight I gained into Benjamin's clever and subtle approach in revealing his childhood in snapshots of experience, as memorable and significant anecdotes which combined with others to make him the child and the person of his being. It occurs to me that the 'through the keyhole' narrative -style is a powerful tool!
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