Walter Benjamin is now regarded as one of the greatest literary critics of the 20th century. An outsider in Hitler's Europe, he chose an infamously futile death on the Spanish border in 1940 - at which point he was little known outside his native Germany, where he had been among the first to champion Kafka then Brecht. This collection of essays includes his most famous work, and comprises an eloquent testament to his ingenuity and honesty.
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"From the evidence of this book I would suggest that Benjamin was one of the great European writers of this century." -- Philip Toynbee Observer "He explained the modern with an authority that fifty years of unpredictable change have not vitiated." -- Frank Kermode New York Review of Books "Like Baudelaire, Benjamin brings the very new into shocking conjunction with the very old...He is in search of a surrealist history and politics, one which clings tenaciously to the fragment, the miniature, the stray citation, but which impacts these fragments one upon the other to politically explosive effect, like the Messiah who will transfigure the world completely by making minor adjustments to it" -- Terry Eagleton The Ideology of the AestheticFrom the Publisher:
A now legendary collection of seminal essays by one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.
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Book Description Fontana, London, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. 288p paperback with portrait to cover, paper yellowing a bit, very good, a few faint pencil marks to "Work of Art in the Age of ". Bookseller Inventory # PAB 110604
Book Description FONTANA PRESS, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-258-98-3794003