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Editorial Reviews Review "Scrupulous, scholarly, and written with loving commitment."—Momme Brodersen, author of Walter Benjamin, A Biography (Momme Brodersen)

"What emerges from this rich selection of materials is not merely a fuller picture of these towering figures but also of the working life of intellectual production, deliberation, and publication on the part of a vibrant scene of letters, culture, and activism under threat of imminent dissolution."--Henry Sussman, Yale University

(Henry Sussman)

"With great archival expertise, Wizisla captures the spontaneity, energy, and excitement of Benjamin's and Brecht's thinking in process; their efforts to arrive at an aesthetic that expresses Communist practice; and their struggle to come to terms with Soviet reality under Stalin."--Gitta Honegger, Arizona State University

(Gitta Honegger)

In so doing, Wizisla provokes fresh ways of approaching well-known texts like Benjamin's "Work of Art" essay and Brecht's Threepenny Novel . He does so not by presenting new readings of these individual works, but by a historicist method of reading Brecht and Benjamin together. By zeroing in on the conditions in which both writers wrote during the 1930s, Wizisla draws telling conclusions from details that most other scholars leave to footnotes. Emblematic of this is Wizisla's chapter-long discussion of the unrealized journal Krise und Kritik that Brecht and Benjamin planned in late 1930 with Herbert Ihrering, Georg Lukács, and Ernst Bloch, among others. Wizisla mines all surviving records (which he reproduces in an appendix at the end of the book) with an eye to what this project reveals about Brecht's and Benjamin's respective critical concerns and methodologies in the early 1930s. Krise und Kritik was to Benjamin an early opportunity to think through—during the dire twilight of Weimar—the fraught task of reconciling rigorous intellectual work with...

Walter benjamin bertolt brecht zwei essays

walter benjamin bertolt brecht zwei essays

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