Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

By | November 28, 2017
Illuminations: Essays and Reflections Author Walter Benjamin
ISBN-10 0805202412
ISBN-13 9780805202410
Year 1969-01-13
Pages 278
Language English
Publisher Schocken Books
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Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century Illuminations includes his views on Kafka with whom he felt a close personal affinity his studies on Baudelaire and Proust and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht s Epic Theater Also included are his penetrating study The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode and Benjamin s theses on the philosophy of history Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin s life in dark times Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin s continued relevance for our times

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