Illuminations

Illuminations

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Studies on contemporary art and culture by one of the most original, critical and analytical minds of this century.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805202412
  • 9780805202410
  • 20,783

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Studies on contemporary art and culture by one of the most original, critical and analytical minds of this century. Illuminations includes Benjamin's views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust (both of whom he translated), his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an illuminating discussion of translation as a literary mode, and his thesis on the philosophy of history. Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and prefaces them with a substantial, admirably informed introduction that presents Benjamin's personality and intellectual development, as well as his work and his life in dark times.Reflections the companion volume to this book, is also available in Schocken paperback.
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Table of contents

Preface by Leon Wiesletier

INTRODUCTION
    Walter Benjamin: 1892–1940, by Hannah Arendt

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY
     A Talk about Book Collecting

THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR
     An Introduction to the Translation of Baudelaire’s Tableaux parisiens

THE STORYTELLER
     Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov

FRANZ KAFKA
      On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death

SOME REFLECTIONS ON KAFKA

WHAT IS EPIC THEATER?

ON SOME MOTIFS IN BAUDELAIRE

THE IMAGE OF PROUST

THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION

THESES ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

Editor’s Note
Index of Names
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About Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomena of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He died in 1940.
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