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Illuminations

Author: Walter Benjamin; Hannah Arendt
Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, [1986?], ©1968.
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This book contains 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Benjamin; Hannah Arendt
ISBN: 0805202412 9780805202410
OCLC Number: 12947710
Language Note: Translation of: Illuminationen.
Notes: Translation of: Illuminationen.
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968.
Description: 278 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Walter Benjamin: 1892-1940, by Hanna Arendt --
Unpacking my library --
The task of the translator --
The storyteller --
Franz Kafka --
Some reflections on Kafka --
What is epic theater? --
On some motifs in Baudelaire --
The image of Proust --
The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction --
Theses on the philosophy of history --
Editor's note --
Index of names.
Other Titles: Illuminationen.
Responsibility: Walter Benjamin ; edited and with an introduction by Hannah Arendt ; translated by Harry Zohn.
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This book contains 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. - Publisher.

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