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Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 (1927-1930)

By Walter Benjamin

Within the frenzied ultimate years of the Weimar Republic, amid financial cave in and mounting political disaster, Walter Benjamin emerged because the most unique working towards literary critic and public highbrow within the German-speaking international. quantity 2 of the chosen Writings is now to be had in paperback in parts.

In half 1, Benjamin is represented by way of of his maximum literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On clone of Proust," in addition to through an extended article on Goethe and a beneficiant collection of his wide-ranging statement for Weimar Germany's newspapers.

Part 2 includes, as well as the $64000 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 matters as language and reminiscence, theological feedback and literary heritage, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.

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[Praise for the one-volume hardcover edition]
For those that comprehend simply the small choice of essays and longer texts formerly translated into English, this e-book could be a revelation. chosen Writings: quantity 2 spanning the interval from his abandonment of academia and his emergence as an immense literary journalist in 1927 to his close to silencing after the Nazis seized energy and his exile in 1934, exhibits the author at his gleaming best.
(Paul Mattick big apple instances ebook Review)

[Praise for the one-volume hardcover edition]
The interval from 1927 to 1934 spanned during this quantity was once for Walter Benjamin either grievous and fertile...The variety of subject matters and views is gigantic. It extends from issues on kitsch and pornography to repeated encounters, own or oblique, with Gide, Kierkegaard and surrealism. The cultural heritage of toys fascinates Benjamin as he documents his personal Berlin youth. Insights into 'Left-Wing Melancholy' trade with suggestions on Mickey Mouse, on Chaplin, and on graphology.
(George Steiner The Observer)

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