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Illuminationen The literary philosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among the most uietly influential of the post war era though only since his death has Benjamin achieved the fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a select few during his lifetime Now he is widely held to have possessed one of the most acute and original minds of the Central European culture decimated by the Nazis Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' as well as others on the art of translation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic theatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obsession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now legendary volume offer the best possible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a prism to his times and identifies him as possessing the rare ability to think poetically

About the Author: Walter Benjamin

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish Marxist literary critic essayist translator and philosopher He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom ScholemAs a sociological and cultural critic Benjamin combined ideas drawn from historical materiali

10 thoughts on “Illuminationen

  1. says:

    A wide ranging collection of critical and aesthetic essays exploring everything from the process of literary translation across space and time to the artwork in the age of mechanical reproduction Benjamin’s style at once sensitive an

  2. says:

    For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might enterThere are hardly enough superlatives for this amazing collection of essays concerning Baudelaire Proust Kafka messianism and the aesthetic tension between the c

  3. says:

    The introductory essay by Hannah Arendt—who also did duty as editor of this wonderful collection—serves up her usual insight and reliably delivered via her rather dense language in categorizing Benjamin as a poetic mind who approached cultural a

  4. says:

    These are meandering thoughts on the book especially on Benjamin's Mechanical Reproduction essay If you have any thoughts insights critiue on my view I appreciate any comments The topic of art is something I'm endlessly fascinated by and always love discus

  5. says:

    SentimentalityI still talk about The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 30 years after I first read itI don't remember it as a purely political tract even though that is how it is all dressed upI think Benjamin displayed some degree of sentimentali

  6. says:

    Benjamin's writings on Proust Kafka Baudelaire and Leskov are really brilliant and engrossing I was especially taken with his history of the storyteller in relation to Leskov's stories how the verbal communication that was the initial component of storytelling dissipate

  7. says:

    I'd lie if I said that I understood than charitably fifty percent of these essays Besides for the mountains of literary references and the obliue angles from which Benjamin approaches his subjects his languid flâneur like writing makes it difficult to follow his train of tho

  8. says:

    These essays are chiefly memorable for1 The one about the dwarf that lives under the chessboard2 The one about how he has too many books but they are all his children3 The one where Kafka has a headache but everyone keeps asking him for favors4 The one where Proust eats a cookie5 The

  9. says:

    Reading Benjamin makes me realize how 98% of the conversations I have are a waste of time His depth reaches far and his reading spreads vast

  10. says:

    Reading literary and aesthetic criticism with barely any context is a habit I've picked up in these strange times; with Illuminations this exercise has been fairly rewarding and uite frustrating in eual measure I picked up this book for the famous essay on art in the age of mechanical reproducti

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