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Walter Benjamin

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Zusatztext "The force of this remarkable memoir derives as much from the insights it offers into the mind and beliefs of the writer as into those of its subject." Publishers Weekly "Walter Benjamin [was] perhaps the most subtle! intuitive! and creative critic of the age....Since Scholem is himself a great scholar and thinker! since the intellectual comradeship between the two was so intense for a long time! the commingling of their thoughts comes to be even more revealing than the life-facts themselves....An invaluable document about not merely one but two of the century's most profound minds." Kirkus Reviews Informationen zum Autor Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was born in Berlin, educated at the universities of Jena and Bern, and emigrated to Palestine in 1923, where he devoted himself to the study of the Jewish mystical tradition and the Kabbala. One of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century, admired both for his philological prowess and his philosophical insight, Scholem was the author of many books, including Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, and On Jews and Judaism in Crisis, a collection of autobiographical writings and essays on Zionism. The Correspondence of Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem: A Life in Letters were published posthumously. Lee Siegel is the author of four books, including Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce-and Why It Matters and Are You Serious: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly. He is also the author of the essay "Harvard Is Burning," just published as an e-book. He has written essays and reviews for many publications, including Harper's Magazine, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. In 2002, he received the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. Klappentext Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship-which was to remain crucial for both men-is both a celebration of his friend's spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940. At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend's spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life. Zusammenfassung Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin! as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary! the revelatory! and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin! who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationshipwhich was to remain crucial for both menis both a celebration of his friend's spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940. At once prickly and heartbroken! argumentative and loving! Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala! Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjami...

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Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was born in Berlin, educated at the universities of Jena and Bern, and emigrated to Palestine in 1923, where he devoted himself to the study of the Jewish mystical tradition and the Kabbala. One of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century, admired both for his philological prowess and his philosophical insight, Scholem was the author of many books, including Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, and On Jews and Judaism in Crisis, a collection of autobiographical writings and essays on Zionism. The Correspondence of Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem: A Life in Letters were published posthumously.

Lee Siegel is the author of four books, including Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce-and Why It Matters and Are You Serious: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly. He is also the author of the essay "Harvard Is Burning," just published as an e-book. He has written essays and reviews for many publications, including Harper's Magazine, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. In 2002, he received the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism.



Klappentext

Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship-which was to remain crucial for both men-is both a celebration of his friend's spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940.

At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend's spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Walter Benjamin
Untertitel: The Story of a Friendship
Autor:
EAN: 9781590170328
ISBN: 978-1-59017-032-8
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Random House N.Y.
Genre: Politik, Gesellschaft & Wirtschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 328
Gewicht: 338g
Größe: H203mm x B127mm x T19mm
Jahr: 2003