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The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

The Storyteller

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The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin
Jul 26, 2016 | 240 Pages
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“Walter Benjamin was the interlocutor of all the demons and angels of storytelling. And this is why he knew its endless secrets. Listen to him.”
—John Berger

“This volume collects an extraordinary array of short pieces by Walter Benjamin that lets us see the centrality of stories, dreams, and tales to his own experimental writings. During the time in which Benjamin sought to understand the conditions of communicability between languages, he was also testing the thesis in the stories he told. Telling the tale and reflecting on its very possibility, under conditions such as war and poverty, Benjamin gives us short forms that are broken up by interruptions and sudden closure. This elegant and moving volume is beautifully edited, including an introduction that shows how these collections of short tales and dream sequences are already doing the critical work of the essay form. This volume is a marvelous gift that will reorient our reading of Benjamin in startling ways.”
—Judith Butler

“Much praise is due to the editors for bringing together a newly translated collection of [Walter Benjamin’s] short fictions, in which he shows our iniquitous material world suffused and sabotaged by the uncanny like no one else.”
—Jacqueline Rose

Table Of Contents

Johann Peter Hebel
The Crisis of the Novel: On Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz
Mulberry Omelet
The Lisbon Earthquake
Oskar Maria Graf as Storyteller
On Proverbs
The Handkerchief
Storytelling and Healing
Reading Novels
The Art of Storytelling
By the Fire
Experience and Poverty

The Storyteller
Silence and Mirror by Ernst Bloch

The Giant’s Toy as Legend by Ernst Bloch
The Embroidery of Marie Monnier by Paul Valéry
From Theory of the Novel by Georg Lukács
On Sadness by Michel de Montaigne
From Histories by Herodotus
From The Treasure Chest of the Rhenish Family-Friend
by Johann Peter Hebel

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