In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the Selected Writings is now available in paperback in two parts. In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, qSurrealismq and qOn the Image of Proust, q as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers. Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, qFranz Kafka, q qKarl Kraus, q and qThe Author as Producer, q the extended autobiographical meditation qA Berlin Chronicle, q and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.Oedipus has needed two thousand years to reply to him in their great debate, in which he says what he did not even venture to think in Sophocles: aquot;God imposed this crime on me. ... E. F. Watling (Har- mondsworth: Penguin, 1949), p. 64. 7.
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