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    Walter Benjamin: 1938-1940 v. 4: Selected Writings (SELECTED WRITINGS OF WALTER BENJAMIN) (Hardback) By (author) Walter Benjamin, Volume editor Howard Eiland, Volume editor Michael W. Jennings, Translated by Edmund Jephcott, Translated by Howard Eiland

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    Description"Every line we succeed in publishing today ...is a victory wrested from the powers of darkness". So wrote Walter Benjamin in January 1940. Not long afterward, he himself would fall prey to those powers, a victim of suicide following a failed attempt to flee the Nazis. However insistently the idea of catastrophe hangs over Benjamin's writings in the final years of his life, the "victories wrested" in this period nonetheless constitute some of the most remarkable 20th-century analyses of the emergence of modern society. The essays on Charles Baudelaire are the distillation of a lifetime of thinking about the nature of modernity. They record the crisis of meaning experienced by a civilization sliding into the abyss, even as they testify to Benjamin's own faith in the written word. This volume ranges from studies of Baudelaire, Brecht, and the historian Carl Jochmann to appraisals of photography, film and poetry. At their core is the question of how art can survive and thrive in a tumultuous time. Here we see Benjamin laying out an ethic for the critic and artist - a subdued but resilient heroism. At the same time, he was setting forth a sociohistorical account of how art adapts in an Working at the height of his powers to the very end, Benjamin refined his theory of the mass media that culminated in the final version of his essay "The Work of Art in the Ages of its Technological Reproducibility". Also included in this volume is his influential piece "On the Concept of History", completed just before his death. The book is remarkable for its inquiry into the nature of "the modern" (especially as revealed in Baudelaire), for its ideas about the transmogrification of art and the radical discontinuities of history, and for its examples of humane life and thought in the midst of barbarism. The entire collection is eloquent testimony to the indomitable spirit of humanity under siege.

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    Walter Benjamin: 1938-1940 v. 4
    Selected Writings
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Walter Benjamin, Volume editor Howard Eiland, Volume editor Michael W. Jennings, Translated by Edmund Jephcott, Translated by Howard Eiland
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 830 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674010765
    ISBN 10: 0674010760

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    LC classification: PT2603.E45, PT2603.E455 A26 1996
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    Edition statement
    annotated edition
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    Publication date
    01 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    HOWARD EILAND is Lecturer in Literature at MIT, as well as coeditor and cotranslator of Benjamin's Arcades Project (Harvard). MICHAEL W. JENNINGS is Professor of German, Princeton University.
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    First things first: this is a magnificent volume. Translating the work of a gifted translator is undoubtedly a somewhat daunting task...Benjamin s "Selected Writings" is probably the most outstanding editorial achievement in modern cultural history and political thought that has been published in the last few years. Especially intellectual and social historians of early-twentieth-century Europe, who have traditionally not always paid much attention to Benjamin because of the latter s appropriation by literary theory, now have every reason to take Benjamin s writings more seriously.--Christian J. Emden"H-Net" (07/01/2007)