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The Complete Correspondence, 1928-1940

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The correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, which appears here for the first time in its entirety in English translation, must rank among the most significant to have come down to us from that notable age of barbarism, the twentieth century. Benjamin and Adorno formed a uniquely powerful pair. Benjamin, riddle-like in his personality and given to ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 7th 2001 by Harvard University Press (first published January 8th 1992)
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Jennifer
Nov 23, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The most important book I have read in years....tore through it in one day as if reading a novel, disbelieving that I waited so long to take in this intimate side of the dialogue. The end could destroy you, even if you already know how it goes.
Carlo
Apr 25, 2013 Carlo rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read. The correspondence presents the intense intellectual relationship between Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno up to Benjamin's death while fleeing fascism in Portbou, Catalonia.

Before embarking on the long journey to {The Arcades Project} and {Aesthetic Theory}, read these letters along with Susan Buck-Morss's {The Origin of Negative Dialectics}. Your interest will spark.
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Oct 18, 2013 Blair rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Tow of my favourite minds writing letters to each other. The death of letter writing is a sad thing.
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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was one of the most important philosophers and social critics in Germany after World War II. Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. In the 1960s he was the most prominent challenger to both Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science a ...more
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