British National Bibliography

One-way street / Walter Benjamin

BNB number GBB669086
ISBN 13 9780674052291
abstract "One-Way Street is a thoroughfare unlike anything else in literature--by turns exhilarating and bewildering, requiring mental agility and a special kind of urban literacy. Presented here in a new edition with expanded notes, this genre-defying meditation on the semiotics of late-1920s Weimar culture offers a fresh opportunity to encounter Walter Benjamin at his most virtuosic and experimental, writing in a vein that anticipates later masterpieces such as 'On the Concept of History' and The Arcades Project. Composed of sixty short prose pieces that vary wildly in style and theme, One-Way Street evokes a dense cityscape of shops, cafes, and apartments, alive with the hubbub of social interactions and papered over with public inscriptions of all kinds: advertisements, signs, posters, slogans. Benjamin avoids all semblance of linear narrative, presenting readers with a seemingly random sequence of aphorisms, reminiscences, jokes, off-the-cuff observations, dreamlike fantasias, serious philosophical inquiries, apparently unserious philosophical parodies, and trenchant political commentaries. Providing remarkable insight into the occluded meanings of everyday things, Benjamin time and again proves himself the unrivalled interpreter of what he called 'the soul of the commodity.' Despite the diversity of its individual sections, Benjamin's text is far from formless. Drawing on the avant-garde aesthetics of Dada, Constructivism, and Surrealism, its unusual construction implies a practice of reading that cannot be reduced to simple formulas. Still refractory, still radical, One-Way Street is a work in perpetual progress."--Provided by publisher.
alternative title Einbahnstrasse. English
Jennings, Michael William
Jephcott, E. F. N.
Marcus, Greil
description "One-Way Street¿ originally appeared in English in Reflections by Walter Benjamin."
has extent 105 pages
has language note Translated from the German.
has note on contents Includes bibliographical references and index.
Aphorisms and apothegms
Philosophy, German--20th century
title One-way street
creator Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940
has carrier type volume
has content type text
has media type unmediated
language eng
publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016
same as GBB669086