The Late Walter Benjamin (New Directions in Religion and Literature)

The Late Walter Benjamin (New Directions in Religion and Literature)

John Schad


A startling critical-creative exam of 1 of the twentieth Century's top thinkers, The past due Walter Benjamin is a documentary novel that juxtaposes the lifestyles and dying of Walter Benjamin with the times, hours and mins of a working-class council property at the fringe of London in post-war Austerity England. the unconventional centres on one specific tenant who claims to be Walter Benjamin, and in basic terms ever makes use of phrases written through Benjamin, it sounds as if oblivious that the true Benjamin devoted suicide two decades past while fleeing the Nazis. first and foremost set within the sixties, the textual content slips again to the early years of the property and to Benjamin's final days, as he strikes throughout Europe looking ever-more desperately to flee the 3rd Reich. via this fictional narrative, John Schad explores not just the emergence of Benjamin's pondering from a politicised Jewish theology compelled to confront the increase of Nazism but additionally the consequences of his utopian Marxism, solid in exile, for the very diversified context of a displaced operating category group in post-war Britain.

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