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Author Brodersen, Momme.

Title Walter Benjamin : a biography / Momme Brodersen ; translated by Malcolm R. Green and Ingrida Ligers ; edited by Martina Derviş
Published London ; New York : Verso, 1996


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Description xvi, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) is now generally recognised as one of the most original and influential thinkers of this century. The conflicts and conjunctions between Benjamin's Marxism and his messianic Judaism, between his fascination for surrealism and his explorations of the Cabbala, between the philosopher of language and the ever-observant flaneur on the streets of Berlin or Paris - all these have inspired a wealth of interpretations and critical studies."--BOOK JACKET
"Widely acclaimed in Germany, Momme Brodersen's Walter Benjamin is the most comprehensive and illuminating biography of Benjamin ever published. Not only does Brodersen provide a fuller and more coherent account of Benjamin's nomadic career than has any previous scholar, he also demonstrates the fallacy of the popular, romanticised notion of his life as the sorrowful progression of a melancholic personality. The only real tragedy, he argues, was Benjamin's suicide at Portbou on the Franco-Spanish border in 1940. Using previously unavailable material, Brodersen pays particular attention to Benjamin's childhood in Berlin, to his conflicts with his bourgeois, Jewish family, his activities in the German Youth Movement, and the formative, irreconcilable influences of idealism, socialism and Zionism
He gives an exceptionally vivid picture of Benjamin's life during the Weimar Republic, of his success as a literary critic and his work as a translator and radio journalist, as well as of his friendships and love affairs. Finally, he follows Benjamin's harrowing journey through exile, internment and flight, and for the first time unravels the mysteries surrounding his death. At the same time, Brodersen provides a fresh and lucid presentation of Benjamin's written work, and of the extraordinary range of his ideas and enthusiasms."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Originally published as Spinne in eigenen Netz : Leben und Werk : Germany, 1990
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the German
Subject Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940.
Authors, German -- Biography.
Authors, German -- 20th century -- Biography.
Authors, German -- Biography -- 20th century.
Philosophers, German -- Biography -- 20th century -- Biography
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author Derviş, Martina.
LC no. 96048951
ISBN 1859849679 (hc)
Other Titles Spinne im eigenen Netz. English