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Studies on contemporary art and culture by one of the most original, critical and analytical minds of this more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805202412
  • 9780805202410
  • 7,836

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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 more

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 more

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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 Namesshow more

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