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Moscow Diary

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Titel: Moscow Diary
Autor/en: Walter Benjamin

ISBN: 0674587448
EAN: 9780674587441
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Gary Smith
Übersetzt von Richard Sieburth
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Juli 1986 - kartoniert - 156 Seiten

Recounts Benjamin's experiences and observations while visiting Moscow and depicts his efforts to learn about Soviet society.
Preface by Gershom Scholem Moscow Diary Appendices 'Russian Toys" by Walter Benjamin Letters from Walter Benjamin Afterword by Gary Smith Index
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis. Richard Sieburth is Associate Professor of French, New York University. The noted scholar Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was a close friend of Walter Benjamin and was Professor of Jewish Mysticism at Hebrew University. Gary Smith is an editor at work on the Einstein Papers project.
The German literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, who died in 1940, was one of Europe's grandest thinkers. This diary covers only two months in the winter of 1926-1927, but it feels like a lifetime. His meticulous, almost macabre attention to detail gives his perceptions a kind of scientific brilliance, whether he is describing the streets of the city, a curious shop sign, the sanatorium where his friend Asja Lacis is a patient, the wash table in his hotel room, or the ragged beds that stand at every street corner in 'the open air sick bay called Moscow.' The book is a supreme example of the kind of mental equipment any traveller would like to take with him, to any place." The Independent [An] unsurpassably quirky memoir of Bolshevik literati as Stalin consolidated power. New Society In the '20s and '30s, [Benjamin] was a Jew in Berlin, a visitor to the Russian Revolution, a refugee in France, a citizen of the world in flames. More a man of letters than scholar, and more poet than either one, he wandered through Western culture as if it had been destroyed centuries earlier, and he were a revenant poking through its remains. He amassed quotations and collected books and toys, with no illusion of finding a living civilization, but seeking the artifacts of a shattered one...Love, mixed with obsession, is at the heart of Moscow Diary, the private record of Benjamin's two-month visit to the Soviet Union in the winter of 1926. Edited and with an afterword by Gary Smith and lucidly translated by Richard Sieburth, it is a many-faceted jewel: a portrait of the Russian revolution in its still unsettled transition to Stalinism, a vivid picture of Moscow life, Benjamin's intellectual journal, and above all, the tragicomic story of his pursuit of the Estonian actress, Lacis Asja. -- Richard Eder Los Angeles Times Book Review Moscow Diary is chiefly interesting not for what it tells us about Moscow during December 1926 but for what it tells us about Walter Benjamin, who has by now emerged as both a major figure in modern German literature and criticism and as the preeminent poet-historian of the modern European city. Moscow Diary is the longest of Benjamin's autobiographical writings...[Benjamin's] insights into Russia's struggle to define its cultural identity are often compelling. Above all, the Diary is the story of the triangle among Benjamin, Asja, and the expatriate German playwright Bernhard Reich. Their story of emotional instabilities and obstacles provides a fascinating counterpart to the story of Russia's cultural dilemma. The edition is superbly translated, annotated, and illustrated, and contains a fine preface and afterword. Choice

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