Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Berlin Childhood Around 1900 by Walter Benjamin

Begun in Poveromo, Italy, in 1932, and extensively revised in 1938, "Berlin Childhood around 1900" remained unpublished during Walter Benjamin's lifetime, one of his 'large-scale defeats'. Now translated into English for the first time in book form, on the basis of the recently discovered 'final version' that contains the author's own arrangement of a suite of luminous vignettes, it can be more widely appreciated as one of the masterpieces of 20th Century prose writing. Not an autobiography in the customary sense, Benjamin's recollection of his childhood in an upper-middle-class Jewish home in Berlin's West End at the turn of the century becomes an occasion for unified 'expeditions into the depths of memory'. In this diagram of his life, Benjamin focuses not on persons or events but on places and things, all seen from the perspective of a child - a collector, flaneur, and allegorist in one. This book is also one of Benjamin's great city texts, bringing to life the cocoon of his childhood - the parks, streets, schoolrooms, and interiors of an emerging metropolis. It reads the city as palimpsest and labyrinth, revealing unexpected lyricism in the heart of the familiar. As an added gem, a preface by Howard Eiland discusses the genesis and structure of the work, which marks the culmination of Benjamin's attempt to do philosophy concretely.

Buy Berlin Childhood Around 1900 by Walter Benjamin from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674022225
ISBN-10: 067402222X
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 133mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Berlin Childhood Around 1900 by Walter Benjamin

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Berlin Childhood Around 1900 book by Walter Benjamin and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis. Howard Eiland teaches literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Books By Walter Benjamin

Storyteller by Walter Benjamin
Paperback, May 2016
$25.19
One-Way Street by Walter Benjamin
Paperback, May 2016
$25.19
Illuminations by Walter Benjamin
Paperback, November 2015
$33.46
Walter Benjamin - Berlin Childhood Circa 1900 by Walter Benjamin
Paperback, October 2015
$37.79