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A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin’s writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin.

Benjamin moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the 20th century.

©2019 Originally published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a.M. English translation © 1978 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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