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Walking in Berlin by Franz Hessel
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Walking in Berlin by Franz Hessel
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Dec 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539661

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“Hessel describes the small joys and ephemeral pleasures of big-city life in the age of commodity display. The Berlin that comes alive on these pages was destroyed in the last world war, which took as its victims both Hessel and his comrade in flanerie, Walter Benjamin. Hence the poignancy of this beautifully written book. Today we know the fragility of urban dreamworlds, drawn into the orbit of fashion’s temporality. The urban pleasures captured here come to us with a sense of foreboding.” – Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

“This is a lively translation of Franz Hessel’s literary peregrinations through Weimar Berlin, as he takes in the historically saturated sights and sounds of the most self-consciously modern of the early twentieth-century metropolises, from its boulevards, parks, cafés, and courtyards to its department stores, theaters, dance halls, and slaughterhouses.” – Howard Eiland, Literature Section, MIT; cotranslator of The Arcades Project

“Hessel’s psychic geography, channeled by subterranean laws, sees neon and reflective glass though the eyes of a lover of antiquity. His Pantheon — the gasometer in Wilmersdorf. Drifting us through a Berlin we know and no longer know, we move as Hessel in search of lost or other types of elsewhere.” – Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London

Table Of Contents


Translator’s Foreword
The Flaneur’s Return, by Walter Benjamin

The Suspect
I Learn a Thing or Two
A Bit of Work
Lust for Life
A Tour
The Animal Palaces
Berlin’s Boulevard
The Old West
The Landwehr Canal
Through Neukölln Toward Britz
Steamship Music
To the East
The North
The Northwest
The Newspaper District
The Southwest

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