Walter Benjamin Bookshelf: 50% off until the end of the week!
- Walter Benjamin’s library card, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1940
“Everything which fell under the scrutiny of his words was transformed, as though it had become radioactive.” – Theodor Adorno
“Benjamin was one of the unclassifiable ones ... whose work neither fits the existing order nor introduces a new genre.” – Hannah Arendt
“Benjamin buckled himself to the task of revolutionary transformation … his life and work speak challengingly to us all.” – Terry Eagleton
Throughout his life, Benjamin gathered together all kinds of artifacts, assortments of images, texts, and signs, themselves representing experiences, ideas, and hopes, each of which was enthusiastically logged, systematized, and analyzed by their author. In a way, he laid the groundwork for the salvaging of his own legacy.
Recently released in paperback, Walter Benjamin’s Archive leads readers to the heart of his intellectual world, yielding a rich and detailed portrait of its author.
To celebrate the publication of this book in paperback, and to mark the 75th anniversary of his death this month, we have 50% off ALL our Benjamin (and Benjamin-related books) until the end of the week!
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Walter Benjamin’s Archive
by Walter Benjamin
Edited by Ursula Marx, Gudrun Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and Erdmut Wizisla. Translated by Esther Leslie
An absorbing selection of Walter Benjamin’s personal manuscripts, images, and documents.
“Esther Leslie’s translation reveals that no thought should go un-noted” – Peter Conrad, Guardian
“The most important German aesthetician and literary critic of the twentieth century.” – George Steiner
“Elegantly brings together the materials of Benjamin’s bequest and reminds us of what his friend Theodor Adorno rightly said was its greatest significance for subsequent thinking.” – Frieze
by Walter Benjamin
Edited by Lecia Rosenthal. Translated by Jonathan Lutes. With Lisa Harries Schumann and Diana Reese
Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned critical essays. From 1927 to ’33, he wrote and presented something in the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium of radio. Radio Benjamin gathers the surviving transcripts, which appear here for the first time in English.
“Radio Benjamin could hardly be bettered... There really is no parallel for what Benjamin did in these talks. Imagine a particularly engaging episode of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time narrated by Alan Bennett – if Bennett were more profoundly steeped in Marx and politically engaged by the revolutionary potential of the medium of radio – and you have something of their allure.” – Stuart Jeffries, Financial Times
The Origin of German Tragic Drama
by Walter Benjamin
Translated by John Osborne. Introduction by George Steiner
From its philosophical prologue, which offers a rare account of Benjamin’s early aesthetics, to its mind-wrenching meditation on allegory, The Origin of German Tragic Drama sparkles with early insights and the seeds of Benjamin’s later thought.
Aesthetics and Politics
by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Georg Lukács. Afterword by Fredric Jameson
“They are key texts in the study of modernism, of expressionist drama and of realism, and of many closely related general questions ... It is genuinely an indispensable volume.” – Raymond Williams
An intense and lively debate on literature and art between thinkers who became some of the great figures of twentieth-century philosophy and literature.
Walter Benjamin: A Biography
by Momme Brodersen.
Edited by Martina Dervis. Translated by Malcolm R. Green and Ingrida Ligers
“A fitting Bible for the booming Benjamin cult.” – Guardian
“The definitive biography ... The crisp style and wealth of original letters and journals helpfully illuminate the life and work of this particularly difficult thinker.” – Observer
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The Salaried Masses: Duty and Distraction in Weimar Germany
by Siegfried Kracauer
First published in 1930, Siegfried Kracauer’s work was greeted with great acclaim and soon attained the status of a classic. The object of his inquiry was the new class of salaried employees who populated the cities of Weimar Germany.
The legacy of Bertolt Brecht is much contested, whether by those who wish to forget or to vilify his politics, but his stature as the outstanding political playwright and poet of the twentieth century is unforgettably established in this major critical work. Fredric Jameson elegantly dissects the intricate connections between Brecht's drama and politics, demonstrating the way these combined to shape a unique and powerful influence on a profoundly troubled epoch.
Infancy and History: On the Destruction of Experience
by Giorgio Agamben. Translated by Liz Heron
A profound meditation on language and philosophy, nature and culture, and the birth of the subject.
“Giorgio Agamben is possibly the most delicate and probing thinker since Walter Benjamin.” – Avital Ronell
The Melancholy Science: An Introduction to the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno
by Gillian Rose
If her mind could be characterised by a phrase it would be something along the lines of: a fierce vigilance of thought.” - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art
by Peter Osborne
“this is not a book to miss, for it amounts to one of the few highly intriguing, unprecedented and disquieting propositions about art to be found in these consensual times.” – Radical Philosophy
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BENJAMIN ON THE VERSO BLOG
Exclusive interview: Lecia Rosenthal speaks to Kester John Richardson-Dawes about editing Radio Benjamin, the first volume to focus comprehensively on Benjamin’s works for radio with many pieces translated into English for the first time.
Benjamedia: McKenzie Wark assesses the uses of Walter Benjamin today.
Acclaimed artist Kenneth Goldsmith’s thousand page beautiful homage to New York City, inspired by Walter Benjamin’s unfinished masterpiece, The Arcades Project.