Illuminations

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Schocken Books, 1969 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
quot;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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Walter Benjamin is awesome, and any difficulties I had following the work, I ascribe to the translation and to my ignorance about some of the subjects (especially Baudelaire and Proust). He's ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction Walter Benjamin 18921940
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Unpacking My Library A Talk about Book Collecting
59
The Task of the Translator An Introduction to the Translation of Baudelaires Tableaux Parisiens
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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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