The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness gathers for the first time the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin. Each text in the book is accompanied by a Paul Klee illustration. In every case the storyteller is a man who has counsel for his readers. But if today having counsel is beginning to have an oldfashioned ring, this is because the communicability of experience is decreasing. The sharer of a story is, of course, a storyteller, and its from Benjamins melancholic essay on Nikolai Leskov, the 19thcentury Russian writer, that the new collection takes its title.
In the essay, Benjamin places Leskov Engfishn Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, edited by Hannah Arendt the esay reprinted" The StoryTeher: Reflections on the WOrks, of Leskov" was first published Orient und Okzidentt October 1936. Furthermore, Benjamin says, another form of communication has come to predominate in the modern world, which threatens storytelling even more seriously than the novel; that is, information, by which Benjamin means primarily the information of the news media.
Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study" The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, " an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary One of the earliest mentions of Benjamins essay on the storyteller by an Englishlanguage critic of note is Susan Sontags citation of the piece as an example of the kind of formal analysis The Storyteller gathers for the first time the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, best known for his groundbreaking studies of culture and literature, including Illuminations, OneWay Street and The Arcades Project.
A century before the age of the listicle, German philosopher, cultural theorist, literary critic, and unflinching idealist Walter Benjamin (July 15, 1892September 26, 1940) explored this dance between information and wisdom with great insight and prescience in Illuminations: Essays and Reflections (public library) a compendium of Benjamins Illuminations, originally published in 1955, is a collection of Walter Benjamins essays and other writings compiled by Hannah Arendt.
Arendt also introduces the collection. She presents Benjamin as hard to classify: everything he wrote