Berliner Kindheit um neunzehnhundert: Fassung letzter Hand by Walter Benjamin

By Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin: Berliner Kindheit um Neunzehnhundert. Fassung letzter Hand

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Berliner Ausgabe, 2016, four. Auflage

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The streets were filled with rubble, concrete, wrecked automobiles, buses, trains, mattresses, broken cases of food, furniture, clothing, and glass, as if there had been an earthquake and it had occurred at the one moment when everybody was out of town. Egress was at first astonished, and then, when he had begun to piece together what had happened, a process in which he was aided by the Green Man, he was deeply depressed. 4 Ironically, the Green Man (like the medieval Green Knight), the personification of death and chaos, has triumphed in the end.

Well-written conundrums are not transformed into Hollywood movies or successful soaps. ’s house (the house of the fictional character Hamilton Stark) first. ’s house, A. ’s Chrysler and then he imagines three events around which he could construct a first novel. Event one, the murder of Hamilton Stark’s fifth wife Dora and Stark’s arrest for murder. Event two, meeting down the road Stark’s distraught daughter with a gun—she’s out to kill him after just slightly wounding him. Event three, some years later, he reads an oddball newspaper article about an eccentric man who lives in Northern Canada inside his own tomb—this character named Ham, who resembles the coffin maker of Relation, is clearly his fictional character Hamilton Stark and offers a possible conclusion to the novel.

The flippant and vengeful behavior of the stern and moral judges with their choleric bursts of anger and vehement irrationality, evoke the precedent of Laputa’s (Whoredom) academic scholars in the third book of Gulliver’s Travels; these judges belong to the province of farce, yet convey the kind of intractable rigidity and ridiculous “reasoning” now often associated with Puritans. Americans cannot help but recall that one of the primary resentments of American colonists was imprisonment without trial or the holding of secret trials.

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