By Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin used to be some of the most unique cultural critics of the 20 th century. Illuminations includes his perspectives on Kafka, with whom he felt an in depth own affinity; his reports on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. additionally integrated 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 integrated is a brand new preface by way of Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's persisted relevance for our instances.

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