Wonderful. What can be said, it's Walter Benjamin! It begins with Proust like remembrances of Benjamin's Berlin youth and progresses to his theoretical - though that term hardly suits Benjamin’s eclectic style - essays on violence, Karl Kraus, Brecht and so on. Great compliment to Illuminations, which contains the seminal texts of Benjamin; his Theses on History and his work on Baudelaire. For some equally illuminating secondary literature, see Susan Buch-Morrs work, especially her book on Benjamin's Arcades Project.
"Walter Benjamin is now recognized as one of the most accute analysts of literary and sociological phenomena of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A companion volume to Illuminations, the earlier collection of Benjamin's writings, Reflections presents a new sampling of his wide-ranging work. In addition to literary criticism, it contains autobiograohical narration and travel pieces, aphorisms, and philosophical-theological speculations. Most of Benjamin's writings on Brecht and his celebrated essay on Karl Kraus are included." Enjoy charming anecdotes like "Hashish in Marseilles" and the sardonic incites of "One-Way Street" (Germans, Drink German Beer!) as you peruse the timeless thoughts of a persecuted man.
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