Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 4: 1938-1940 by Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 4: 1938-1940 by Walter Benjamin

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However insistently the idea of catastrophe hangs over Benjamin's writings in the final years of his life, the "victories wrested" in this period constitute some of the most remarkable 20th century analyses of the emergence of modern society. This volume ranges from studies of Baudelaire and Brecht to appraisals of photography, film, and poetry.

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"Every line we succeed in publishing today...is a victory wrested from the powers of darkness." So wrote Walter Benjamin in January 1940. Not long afterward, he himself would fall prey to those powers, a victim of suicide following a failed attempt to flee the Nazis. However insistently the idea of catastrophe hangs over Benjamin's writings in the final years of his life, the "victories wrested" in this period nonetheless constitute some of the most remarkable twentieth-century analyses of the emergence of modern society. This volume ranges from studies of Baudelaire, Brecht, and the historian Carl Jochmann to appraisals of photography, film, and poetry. At their core is the question of how art can survive and thrive in a tumultuous time. Here, we see Benjamin laying out an ethic for the critic and artist - a subdued but resilient heroism. The entire collection is eloquent testimony to the indomitable spirit of humanity under siege.

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SKU GOR007127389
Title Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 4: 1938-1940
Author By (author) Walter Benjamin
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Harvard University Press
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 496
ISBN 10 0674022297
ISBN 13 9780674022294
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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"Every line we succeed in publishing today...is a victory wrested from the powers of darkness." So wrote Walter Benjamin in January 1940. Not long afterward, he himself would fall prey to those powers, a victim of suicide following a failed attempt to flee the Nazis. However insistently the idea of catastrophe hangs over Benjamin's writings in the final years of his life, the "victories wrested" in this period nonetheless constitute some of the most remarkable twentieth-century analyses of the emergence of modern society. This volume ranges from studies of Baudelaire, Brecht, and the historian Carl Jochmann to appraisals of photography, film, and poetry. At their core is the question of how art can survive and thrive in a tumultuous time. Here, we see Benjamin laying out an ethic for the critic and artist - a subdued but resilient heroism. The entire collection is eloquent testimony to the indomitable spirit of humanity under siege.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR007127389
Title Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 4: 1938-1940
Author By (author) Walter Benjamin
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Harvard University Press
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 496
ISBN 10 0674022297
ISBN 13 9780674022294
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No