Originally published in German to coincide with the exhibition 'Walter Benjamin's Archives', which was held in the Academy of Arts, Berlin in 2006. As in the exhibition, the book collates 'Images, Texts and Signs' from Benjamin's bequest. The present English edition is translated by Esther Leslie.

'The work of the great literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin is an audacious plotting of history, art and thought; a reservoir of texts, commentaries, scraps and fragments of everyday life, art and dreams. It comprises myriad smaller archives, in which Benjamin gathered together all kinds of artefacts, 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 them, Benjamin laid the groundwork for the salvaging of his own legacy.

This unique book, produced in association with the Benjamin Archive, delves into these archives. They include carefully laid-out manuscripts; photographs of a home with luxurious furniture, arcades, Russian toys; picture postcards from Tuscany and the Balearics; meticulous and unconventional registers, card indexes and catalogs; notebooks, in which every single square centimeter is covered; a collation of his son's first words and sentences; riddles and enigmatic Sibyls. Everything here is subtly interlinked with everything else.'

- excerpt from front flap

Access level

Onsite

practitioner

Walter BENJAMIN

Location code REF.MAU
Language

English

Keywords

archive

Publication/Creation date

2007

No of pages

310

ISBN / ISSN

9781844671960

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
1. Tree of Conscientiousness Benjamin as Archivist
2. Scrappy Paperwork Collecting and Dispersal
3. From Small to Smallest Details Micrographies
4. Physiognomy of the Thingworld Russian Toys
5. Opinions et Pensees His Son's Words and Turns of Phrase
6. Daintiest Quarters Notebooks
7. Travel Scenes Picture Postcards
8. A Bow Being Bent Composing, Building, Weaving
9. Constellations Graphic Forms
10. Rag Picking The Arcades Project
11. Past Turned Space Arcades and Interiors
12. Hard Nuts to Crack Riddles, Brainteasers, Word Games
13. Sibyls Mosaics in Siena
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