Gershom Scholem Harry Zohn Lee Siegel
Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
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Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship Gershom Scholem Harry Zohn Lee Siegel Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor His account of that relationshipGershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor His account of that relationship which was to remain crucial for both men is both a celebration of his friend s spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin s suicide in 1940.At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend s spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life.. Walter Benjamin The Story of a Friendship Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition Walter Benjamin as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary t
  • Title: Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
  • Author: Gershom Scholem Harry Zohn Lee Siegel
  • ISBN: 9781590170328
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Justin Evans says:

      A solid enough look at Benjamin s life, obviously slanted by Scholem s wish to write a slightly different kind of hagiography than Benjamin s other hagiographers Despite the fact that Scholem only saw Benjamin once in the very productive, final seven years of his life, he would have us believe that Walter never stopped being a theologian, and that Benjamin s Marxist language was just an attempt to make his thought palatable to other Marxist intellectuals This isn t convincing as a statement of f [...]

    2. Chuck LoPresti says:

      Just as the title says the story of a friendship between two brilliant intellectuals I had to constantly remind myself that I wasn t reading the critical opinions of Benjamin and at many times I wished I was instead But this is no fault of Scholem it is a shortcoming of my own I mention this because I imagine most people interested in this book are familiar with Benjamin s writings, Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction at the least, and are seeking of the stunning insight of what is in my [...]

    3. M. Sarki says:

      Enjoyed this book even within my difficulty in understanding and my lack of experience and knowledge regarding Judaism and the European experience between the world wars and the journey up to the beginning of another war to end all wars Gershom Scholem was an engaging writer who did have an understanding few others may have regarding the historical events happening in his, and Benjamin s, lifetime I believe after reading this book that Gershom was fair in his assessments and the relationship he [...]

    4. Guillermo Macbeth says:

      Un libro brillante acerca de una amistad compleja Walter Benjamin y Gershom Scholem fueron amigos ntimos desde su juventud temprana hasta el anunciado suicidio de Benjamin ocurrido en 1940 Estas memorias de Scholem son una cr nica de esa amistad, por lo cual este libro es una doble biograf a, la de ambos Scholem narra sus impresiones, experiencias y opiniones sobre Benjamin mientras se explora a s mismo en la imagen que Benjamin le devuelve Queda claro en estas memorias que el centro del pensami [...]

    5. david says:

      Ringside seats to two great twentieth century minds A friendly wresting match of words and perspectives Great.

    6. Andrew says:

      I so wanted to like this I so wanted to hear about the intellectual debates and adventures of life in Weimar era Berlin, about Walter Benjamin and his habits What I got was Gershom Scholem trying to shoehorn Benjamin s thought into this mystical framework The mysticism, together with the almost fanatical Zionism of Scholem s perspective almost as if he was blaming Benjamin s death on his desire to remain in Europe although that could be me overreaching as a reader , together with Scholem s kind [...]

    7. Tom says:

      this book is fascinating, sometimes a little unintentionally comic, account not just of this often asymmetric friendship, but also of a critical period of Jewish history, Zionism, and the different approaches to it that Scholem and Benjamin expressed, often to their mutual frustration.Worth it alone for the notion of fl chtig hingemachte M nner Among the books he Benjamin read in connection with this seminar was Daniel Paul Schreber s Denkw rdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken Memoirs of a neuropath , [...]

    8. Jee Koh says:

      Respectful and loving, but by no means hagiographic For Scholem, Benjamin was a mystic, even when he was a materialist The little I ve read of Benjamin suggests that Scholem is right Scholem takes pains in his biography to list Benjamin s intellectual influences and contacts, the people and the books Benjamin saw in Scholem living Judaism Scholem supported the idea that Benjamin committed suicide.

    9. J.W. Dionysius Nicolello says:

      This book is a blessing and a curse the number of texts cited in the first part or two alone will be a tremendous chronology, indispensable to even the most ardent bibliophile I am interested in Walter Benjamin than Zionism There, I said it No, I am not some maniac on Youtube or the author of Conspiratorial books A problem is a problem No longer shall I say that one people s problem is important than the others Do not tell me that you know G d, are chosen by Him, or that you know precisely wha [...]

    10. Lori says:

      This is a friendship of very profound readers and thinkers where Scholem proves that Benjamin did have a great love for Jewish mysticism, even if it doesn t show up in his writings, and how these friends clash yet remain fast friends and correspond with each other through letters a very touching yet keeneyed portrait of a melancholic Walter Benjamin Will help you to read Benjamin in depth.

    11. Damian says:

      I finished this while stuck in Houston s George Bush International Airport I learned a lot about Scholem s involvement with Zionism, 20 years before Israel was founded, as well as a lot about Walter Benjamin I have to wonder if Scholem is a bit too revisionist of Walter s life.

    12. Jason says:

      This is a very poignant memoir of Gershom Scholem s friendship with Walter Benjamin Scholem narrates the troubled life of his friend with deep tenderness.

    13. Elisa Mino says:

      The exiting story of great intellectual Walter Benjamin written by one of his best friend.

    14. Roberto says:

      One of the only biographies I have read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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