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Walter Benjamin's Archive : Images, Texts, Signs (Paperback)

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An absorbing selection of Walter Benjamin’s personal manuscripts, images, and documentsThe work of the great literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin is an audacious plotting of history, art, and thought; a reservoir of texts, commentaries, scraps, and fragments of everyday life, art, and dreams. Throughout his life, Benjamin gathered together all kinds of artifacts, assortments of images, texts, and signs, themselves representing experiences, ideas, and hopes, each of which was enthusiastically logged, systematized, and analyzed by their author. In this way, Benjamin laid the groundwork for the salvaging of his own legacy.Intricate and intimate, Walter Benjamin’s Archive leads readers to the heart of his intellectual world, yielding a rich and detailed portrait of its author.
The work of the great literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin is an audacious plotting of history, art and thought; a reservoir of texts, commentaries, scraps and fragments of everyday life, art and dreams. It comprises myriad smaller archives, in which Benjamin gathered together all kinds of artefacts, assortments of images, texts and signs, themselves representing experiences, ideas and hopes, each of which was enthusiastically logged, systematized and analyzed by their author. In them, Benjamin laid the groundwork for the salvaging of his own legacy.

This unique book, produced in association with the Benjamin Archive, delves into these archives. They include carefully laid-out manuscripts; photograps of a home with luxurious furniture, arcades, Russian toys; picture postcards from Tuscany and the Balearics; meticulous and unconventional registers, card indexes and catalogs; notebooks, in which every single square centimeter is covered; a collation of his son?s first words and sentences; riddles and enigmatic Sibyls. Everything here is subtly interlinked with everything else.

Intricate and intimate, Walter Benjamin?s Archive leads right into the core of his work, yielding a rich and detailed portrait of its author.


From the Hardcover edition.
Number of Pages: 1
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Philosophers
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Walter Benjamin
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 23939166
UPC: 9781784782030
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8839
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