A Marxist meeting of minds
NICK WRIGHT recommends a new book on the friendship between Walter Benjamin and Bertholt Brecht, two giants of German culture
Benjamin and Brecht: The Story of a Friendship
by Erdmut Wizisla
THE DIVERSE appropriations of the life and work of cultural theorist and critic Walter Benjamin inevitably bear the marks of cold-war polarities, with liberal sentiment regarding his intimacy with Bertholt Brecht as a Stalinist disfiguring of his sensibility.
Gerschom Scholem’s account has Benjamin more rooted in Jewish meta-physics, while the not-so-New Left privileges his connections... read more
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