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on 9 February 2014
The fact that this book has a one-star review from a pretentious wanker is beyond belief.
Susan Buck-Morss is an expert in her field. Her writings on Walter Benjamin are superb.
That is all you need to know.
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on 25 March 2010
Don't normally write reviews but felt the urge to defend this book against its current one star. It's well worth the read.
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on 16 May 1999
The deeper flaws in this synoptic summary are suggested by the profusion of factual errors: even names are misspelled, confirming the author's overreliance on the assertions of secondary literature without more than a superficial understanding of the discursive context in which Benjamin's unfinished magnum opus was prepared. Thus the flood of footnotes, over 100 pages of annotation documenting a disappointing hesitance to form opinions based upon original research. Fortunately, Benjamin's Paris "Arcades Project" will be appearing imminently in English translation; unfortunately all the serious scholarship or reflections on this work only exists in German or French.
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