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The Storyteller Walter Benjamin

The Storyteller By Walter Benjamin

The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

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A beautiful collection of the legendary thinker's short stories

The Storyteller Summary

The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness by Walter Benjamin

The Storyteller gathers for the first time the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, best known for his groundbreaking studies of culture and literature, including Illuminations, One-Way Street and The Arcades Project. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold between rational and hallucinatory realms, celebrate the importance of games, and delve into the peculiar relationship between gambling and fortune-telling, and explore the themes that defined Benjamin. The novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection are brought to life by the playful imagery of the modernist artist and Bauhaus figure Paul Klee.

The Storyteller Reviews

Walter Benjamin was the interlocutor of all the demons and angels of storytelling. And this is why he knew its endless secrets. Listen to him. -- John Berger
This volume collects an extraordinary array of short pieces by Walter Benjamin that lets us see the centrality of stories, dreams, and tales to his own experimental writings. During the time in which Benjamin sought to understand the conditions of communicability between languages, he was also testing the thesis in the stories he told. Telling the tale and reflecting on its very possibility, under conditions such as war and poverty, Benjamin gives us short forms that are broken up by interruptions and sudden closure. This elegant and moving volume is beautifully edited, including an introduction that shows how these collections of short tales and dream sequences are already doing the critical work of the essay form. This volume is a marvelous gift that will reorient our reading of Benjamin in startling ways -- Judith Butler
A complex and brilliant writer. -- J.M. Coetzee
Walter Benjamin was one of the unclassifiable ones... whose work neither fits the existing order nor introduces a new genre. -- Hannah Arendt
Benjamin buckled himself to the task of revolutionary transformation. his life and work speak challengingly to us all. -- Terry Eagleton
There has been no more original, no more serious critic and reader in our time. -- George Steiner
He drew, from the obscure disdained German baroque, elements of the modern sensibility: the taste for allegory, surrealist shock effects, discontinuous utterance, a sense of historical catastrophe. -- Susan Sontag
Walter Benjamin is the most important German aesthetician and literary critic of the twentieth century. * Sunday Times *
One doesn't read him to feel better. One reads him to feel. In his universe nothing is as it appears to be and there is a vital need to go beyond surfaces and connect with humanity. -- Elif Shafak * Guardian *
The greatest German critic of the 20th century -- Stuart Jeffries * Financial Times *
Everything which fell under the scrutiny of his words was transformed, as though it had become radioactive. -- Theodor Adorno
A circular book to visit again and again, a book one can start reading right in the middle or read backwards, playing with its chapters and sentences wildly and freely, just as the philosopher would have probably wished. -- Elif Shafak * FT *
An event. -- Jonathon Sturgeon * Guardian *

About Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator and philosopher. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama. In 1940, he was in Spain, fleeing the Nazis and en route to the United States, when Franco's government cancelled his visa. Expecting repatriation, he took his own life.

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The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness by Walter Benjamin
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