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  • Written by Walter Benjamin
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Essays and Reflections

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Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century. Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses on the philosophy of history.

Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin's life in dark times. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.

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Preface by Leon Wiesletier

INTRODUCTION
    Walter Benjamin: 1892–1940, by Hannah Arendt

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY
     A Talk about Book Collecting

THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR
     An Introduction to the Translation of Baudelaire’s Tableaux parisiens

THE STORYTELLER
     Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov

FRANZ KAFKA
      On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death

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

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Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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