Illuminations

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Random House, 1968 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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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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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - frenchphenom5 - LibraryThing

So much to say about this book. One of my favorite times when i read it was when the power was cut out due to a storm, I lit a candle and proceeded to read Illuminations. Not making this up. "N ... Read full review

Contents

iNTRODUCTION
1
UNPACK iNG MY Library
59
THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR
69
the Storyteller
83
FRANZ KAFKA
113
SOME REFLECTIONS ON KAFKA
143
whAT is EPIC THEATER2
149
ON SOME MOTIFS IN BAUDELAIRE
157
the iMAGE OF PROUSt
202
THE work of ART IN THE AGE of MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION
217
EDITORs NoTE
265
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About the author (1968)

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.