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By Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin was once some of 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 experiences on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. additionally incorporated are his penetrating research "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 through Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's persisted relevance for our instances.

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