Some of us dont read fiction we live on history biography criticism reporting and what used to be called belles lettres we will be feasting on walter benjamins arcades project for years to come. Howard eiland and michael w jennings both essential to our project of making the writings of walter benjamin available in english have prepared a short introduction to benjamins life and works adapted from their walter benjamin a critical life. Description benjamins arcades is an innovative text for students and specialists on the intellectual and political context of walter benjamins unfinished masterpiece the arcades project it includes a special convoluted index to aid the reader in discovering recurrent themes and ideas both in the book itself and benjamins methods. To great writers walter benjamin once wrote finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives conceived in paris in 1927 and still in progress when benjamin fled the occupation in 1940 the arcades project in german das passagen werk is a monumental ruin meticulously constructed over the course
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