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Illuminations: Essays and Reflections Paperback – January 13, 1969

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ontemporary 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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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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  • Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 278 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0805202412
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0805202410
  • Product Dimensions : 5.17 x 0.63 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Schocken Books (January 13, 1969)
  • Language: : English
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