By Walter Benjamin
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Honest regards to Helmuth. 1 And such a lot honest regards to you and your spouse. Yours, Walter 1. Helmuth Rang, born in 1897, son of Florens Christian Rang. 117. To Florens Christian Rang Berlin April 2, 1923 expensive Christian, Your arrival and Buber's are being whispered approximately in every single place Berlin and it's only we who're left empty-handed in the course of such an abundance of reports. in response to what you wrote the Ottos, l we're now counting 208 • 1923 1923 • 209 in your arrival in the course of the moment week of April and are watching for it. you will discover anything terrific right here, i. e. the recent web page proofs of my Baudelaire, that's obviously commencing to look in accordance with a transcendental ordinary of time. Given the terrible stories to which publ~shers subjec~ you, a ~ing like this can be adequate (unfortunately! ) for my pubhsher to regam a gram of the sympathy I had for him. Cassirer has now, actually, again my essay at the optionally available Affinities after learning it for 3 months. he'll now not put up it, as a result of technical problems. still, i haven't despaired of discovering an outlet for it. I acquired the mins a number of days in the past. i used to be completely unaware that they have been being duplicated and allotted. To be completely sincere, it's not transparent to me why this is often being performed. in fact, the one major factor a couple of assembly just like the one in GieBen isn't really to catch and fasten, in any such primitive method, the spoken observe because it is handed from mouth to mouth. And in resorting to this way of promulgating details, do you now not contact on and defend many stuff you desired to stay away from, because the distribution of those mins will quickly continue unchecked. at the least what I needed to say in ~ieBen wa~ no longer ~tended for this function; I shrink back from going pubhc WIth such thmgs m this manner, out of conviction. If the mins of the final assembly in GieBen also are going to be duplicated, so far as i'm involved i need to urgently request you to assert not anything greater than to substantiate my presence. so far as I bear in mind, i didn't say a lot of value besides. [ ... ] With nice excitement, i've got virtually comprehensive interpreting the Juw Jenats~h I borrowed from you. The booklet is on a excessive point, yet captivates me WIth an analogous strength with which seafaring or Indian stories affected me while i used to be a boy. What i like approximately it are its fresh traces and reticence which make it resemble a masterful drawing. i might fairly now not decid~ even if, in reality, a hint of bogus "renaissance" doesn't hold to the passages that contact such a lot heavily on real historic occasions. [ ... ] until eventually then, so much honest regards to you and your spouse from either one of us. Yours, Walter 1. A married couple, either architects, acquaintances of the Gutkinds. 118. To Florens Christian Rang Berlin [September 28, 1923] expensive Christian, i need to aim to extricate our correspondence from the destiny of falling asleep. it seems that every little thing this is topic to this destiny till there's a terrible awakening. In its personal approach, after all, my lengthy silence additionally bears witness to the distress into which even we're more and more being dragged.