Moscow Diary

Moscow Diary

Walter Benjamin / Sep 21, 2019

Moscow Diary The life of the German Jewish literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin is a veritable allegory of the life of letters in the twentieth century Benjamin s intellectual odyssey culminat

  • Title: Moscow Diary
  • Author: Walter Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9780674587441
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • The life of the German Jewish literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 is a veritable allegory of the life of letters in the twentieth century Benjamin s intellectual odyssey culminated in his death by suicide on the Franco Spanish border, pursued by the Nazis, but long before he had traveled to the Soviet Union His stunning account of that journey isThe life of the German Jewish literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 is a veritable allegory of the life of letters in the twentieth century Benjamin s intellectual odyssey culminated in his death by suicide on the Franco Spanish border, pursued by the Nazis, but long before he had traveled to the Soviet Union His stunning account of that journey is unique among Benjamin s writings for the frank, merciless way he struggles with his motives and conscience.Perhaps the primary reason for his trip was his affection for Asja Lacis, a Latvian Bolshevik whom he had first met in Capri in 1924 and who would remain an important intellectual and erotic influence on him throughout the twenties and thirties Asja Lacis resided in Moscow, eking out a living as a journalist, and Benjamin s diary is, on one level, the account of his masochistic love affair with this elusive and rather unsympathetic object of desire On another level, it is the story of a failed romance with the Russian Revolution for Benjamin had journeyed to Russia not only to inform himself firsthand about Soviet society, but also to arrive at an eventual decision about joining the Communist Party Benjamin s diary paints the dilemma of a writer seduced by the promises of the Revolution yet unwilling to blinker himself to its human and institutional failings.Moscow Diary is than a record of ideological ambivalence its literary value is considerable Benjamin is one of the great twentieth century physiognomists of the city, and his portrait of hibernal Moscow stands beside his brilliant evocations of Berlin, Naples, Marseilles, and Paris Students of this particularly interesting period will find Benjamin s eyewitness account of Moscow extraordinarily illuminating.

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      • Walter Benjamin

        Walter Bendix Sch nflies Benjamin was a German Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.As a sociological and cultural critic, Benjamin combined ideas drawn from historical materialism, German idealism, and Jewish mysticism in a body of work which was a novel contribution to western philosophy, Marxism, and aesthetic theory As a literary scholar, he translated the Tableaux Parisiens edition of Baudelaire s Les Fleurs du mal as well as Proust s In Search of Lost Time His work is widely cited in academic and literary studies, in particular his essays The Task of the Translator and The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Influenced by Bachofen, Benjamin gave the name auratic perception to the aesthetic faculty through which civilization would recover a lost appreciation of myth.


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    1. Benjamin, eras un sujeto muy triste. No sé si me dan ganas de abrazarte o de cachetearte. ¡Reaccioná, hijo, reaccioná!Unrequited(ish) love is a bitch.Walter Benjamin es un autor que leemos mucho en Letras. En este caso se trata de un diario que escribió cuando fue a Moscú (duh) en 1926. Estaba perdidamente enamorado de una bolchevique que vivía allí, Asia. Si García Marquez escribió El amor en los tiempos del cólera, esto podría llamarse El amor en los tiempos de revolución; sólo e [...]


    2. О дневниках. Дневники писателей, в отличие от автобиографий, зачастую читать неинтересно, дневник, как правило, оказывается либо "недолговременным" черновиком, либо рабочим конспектом, а иногда просто записной книжкой, из которой вообще трудно вычленить те порывы, которые [...]


    3. Piękna ta zamarznięta Moskwa, piękny i rozpolitykowany Związek Radziecki epoki wczesnego NEPu, Muzeum Zabawek, MGU pełne jeszcze rękodzieła, drogi homar i kawior w restauracjach na Twerskiej, zaniedbane i nieogrzewane Sobory, które odwiedza się już bliżej zmroku, ponure mauzoleum tak niedawno przecież wzniesione. Niedługo wszystko odtaje w duchu stalinowskim. Wybierzemy się z Benjaminem do lokalnych teatrów, skrytykuje on m. sztukę Bułhakowa, obejrzymy kilka filmów i poznajmy m [...]


    4. What a tangled, strange existence Benjamin lived while in Moscow, caught in some kind of love triangle between an consumptive woma, Asja, and a fellow German, Reich. He went to the theatre nearly every night and mixed with all of the names of the day. What a life he lived. It makes his later suicide even more of a shame.I love the stream-of-consciousness of the entries, no paragraphs to break and separate the different thoughts. It somehow gives a richer insight into Benjamin's thinking processe [...]


    5. A very personal look into Walter Benjamin's life from Decemeber 6, 1926 to February 1, 1927. Within is some of the disillusion that Benjamin experiences with Russia, communism and love (Asja Lacis). This would not be very interesting if you have not read Benjamin's perspicuous essays in culture and literature. But if you have read his essays, this diary conveys a more human Benjamin. (


    6. it's the pathways to understand his thoughts and life as well. December 24, 1926"[]I realized that solitude does not exist for us as long as someone we love, even though they may be somewhere else beyond our reach, is feeling alone at the same time. The feeling of solitude would therefore seem to be basically a reflexive phenomenon that only strikes us when emitted back to us by people we know, and most often by people we love, whenever they enjoy themselves socially without us. And even the per [...]


    7. Walter Benjamins Tagebuch besticht durch seine schonungslose Hingabe an eine aussichtslose Liebe und überaus treffende Beobachtungen des Moskauer Winters, den er über den Jahreswechsel 1926 bis 1927 in Russland verlebte. Benjamins Angebetete ist Asja, die bolschewistische Lettin aus Riga, wie er sie an anderer Stelle nennt. Moskau bebt und schnauft unter Benjamins Beobachtung. Vor allem für Interessierte der Theaterhistorie ein Liebhaberstück, denn Benjamin geht im Theater Meyerhold ein und [...]


    8. What a strange biographical work. Benjamin reveals just how cantankerous be can be as at times his affair with aja is very uncomfortable. But that may have more to do with thinking it strange to imagine him being sweet with anyone.


    9. Личный дневник немецкого писателя и журналиста о его поездке в Москву с декабря 1926 по февраль 1927. Очень искренне и интересно, рекомендую, если у вас есть хоть капля интереса к этому времени и этому городу.



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