Benjamin was a flaneur and book collector, who thought to make a masterpiece of collecting the quotations of other writers.
This volume collects some of the best of his essays that are otherwise spread throughout the selected writings published by the Harvard U.P.
Walter Benjamin is easily one of the great German prose writers of our century, despite being almost impossible to classify.
Good selection of Walter B's between-the-wars brilliant insights. In clear translations. Highly recommended to those interested in memory, Proust, and insights into a troubled... Read morePublished 14 months ago by thomas asher
This was a pretty excellent (and challenging) survey of Benjamin's work, with included pieces mostly concerning storytelling and particular literary figures (e.g. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Cody Franklin
I wonder what Walter Benjamin would think of his enormous posthumous fame and honor. There is a whole industry today in the scholarly world working on his works. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Shalom Freedman
Benjamin never ceases to impress, his critical approach and analysis is consistently one of the most orginal and compelling that I've come across. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by jafrank
Benjamin's arguments make sense, in part, because the German thinker is such a wonderful writer. His descriptions are memorable (i.e. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by J. Smallridge
I bought the current edition to replace my 35 year old copy. The new edition eliminates the review of Max Brod's biography of Kafka and substitutes an excerpt from Benjamin's 1938... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Alan Wallach
The translation by Harry Zohn must be acknowledged as a masterpiece. Fitting in a work that contains Benjamin's essay "The task of the translator", I wonder if our author wrote in... Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Juan Jose Morales
Benjamin, unlike other contemporary philosophers, offers jargon-less, clear, yet profound commentary on contemporary society (and art in particular). Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by P. Crosland