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By Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin used to be essentially the most unique cultural critics of the 20 th century. Illuminations includes his perspectives on Kafka, with whom he felt a detailed own affinity; his experiences on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. additionally integrated are his penetrating examine "The murals within the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening dialogue of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses at the philosophy of history.

Hannah Arendt chosen the essays for this quantity and introduces them with a vintage essay approximately Benjamin's existence in darkish occasions. additionally integrated is a brand new preface by means of Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's endured relevance for our occasions.

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