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The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin
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Nov 20, 14

bookshelves: philosophy, history, literature, science
Read in January, 2014

Very few have understood what this book is about. This is the secret book, for which the Germans had been running behind Walter Benjamin, before finally he committed suicide on Pyrenees. It isn't only a city's metaphysics, but also a practical guide, with many advices, on how one can control city's soul-mind-oness. He! He! He! I am joking. It is just another Walter Benjiamin's book, of an eminent German philosopher, who was member of Frankfurt School. Well, can anybody tell me, if has understood, what was the purpose of writing The Arcades Project, a book of 1088 pages, without even being finished? And what a strange book! An immense corpus of quotations from thousand of writers. Obviously he collected an amazing amount of indexing cards from so many sources. Well, I admire his patience.

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Reading Progress

06/14/2009 page 150
13.98% "Each epoch dreams the one to follow"
01/03/2010 page 397
37.0% "...all was dark yet splendid as that ebony to which has been likened the style of Turtullian, Edgar Poe, Nouvelles Histoires..., ibid. p.94"
04/18/2010 page 443
41.29% "For the perfect flaneur..."
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