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The Death and Life of Walter Benjamin

Author(s): David Kishik

Journal: Societies
ISSN 2075-4698

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 457;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Benjamin | Walter | Arcades Project | Paris | New York | afterlife

What if Walter Benjamin actually made it to New York as he was escaping the Nazis, settling there for the rest of his long life? What if he was working on a sequel to his Arcades Project, translating his ideas about Paris, capital of the nineteenth century, to his new city and own epoch? And what if I inadvertently discovered the manuscript of this so-called Manhattan Project, and decided to write a study dedicated to the unearthed text? This paper offers a few reflections on, and quotations from, the book that I am currently, truly working on, which is an analysis of a phantom of a book, inspired by a real collection of reflections and quotations that were made in preparation for another book that was also never written.
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