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The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin

The Storyteller Essays

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The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin
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Jul 23, 2019 | ISBN 9781681370583

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“[T]he newly published collection The Storyteller Essays, translated by Tess Lewis and edited by Samuel Titan, marks a unique achievement. . . . It provides a brief intellectual history of an essay and revivifies it” —Clint Williamson, Full Stop

“[B]ecause it is delivered without panic, quietly, in graceful sentences, from within the culture of books and criticism, it is hard at first to accept the implications of what Benjamin is saying. You suspect he is being bombastic in order for him to come back later and tell you what modern literature’s saving grace is, but the moment of redemption does not arrive. . . . Reading such claims over eighty years later, we might be reminded that every generation foresees a crisis and the end of the world as we know it. It is also possible that Benjamin had his eyes wide open at the beginning of our era and proved able to observe its salient features.”—Philip Ó Ceallaigh, The Stinging Fly 

Table Of Contents

Introduction
THE STORYTELLER ESSAYS
Introduction
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
ESSAYS BY OTHERS
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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