In the frenzied ultimate years of the Weimar Republic, amid financial cave in and mounting political disaster, Walter Benjamin emerged because the most unusual training literary critic and public highbrow within the German-speaking international. quantity 2 of the Selected Writings is now to be had in paperback in parts.
In half 1, Benjamin is represented via of his maximum literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On identical to Proust," in addition to by means of an extended article on Goethe and a beneficiant choice of his wide-ranging remark for Weimar Germany's newspapers.
Part 2 includes, as well as the real longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The writer as Producer," the prolonged autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and prolonged discussions of the background of images and the social scenario of the French author, formerly untranslated shorter items on such topics as language and reminiscence, theological feedback and literary historical past, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.
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