Author(s): Walter Benjamin
This is the first major collection of short stories from the legendary German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). Benjamin is best known for his groundbreaking studies on culture and literature, including the collections Illuminations, One Way Street and The Arcades Project, but here for the first time are gathered his experiments in fiction, with forms ranging from novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables, and riddles.
As well as highlighting the themes that run throughout his work, the collection demonstrates that his singular style could create extraordinary imaginative worlds that will delight both those who are fascinated by his thinking, but also for a reader of literary fiction such as Franz Kafka and Stefan Zweig and the uncanny tales of ETA Hoffman.
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator and philosopher. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama. In 1940, he was in Spain, fleeing the Nazis and en route to the United States, when Franco's government cancelled his visa. Expecting repatriation, he took his own life.