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By Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin used to be probably the most unique cultural critics of the 20th century. Illuminations includes his perspectives on Kafka, with whom he felt an in depth own affinity; his reviews on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. additionally incorporated are his penetrating learn "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 lifestyles in darkish occasions. additionally incorporated is a brand new preface via Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's persevered relevance for our occasions.

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