Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship

byGershom ScholemIntroduction byLee SiegelTranslated byHarry Zohn

April 30, 2003|
Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship by Gershom Scholem
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Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship—which was to remain crucial for both men—is both a celebration of his friend's spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940.


At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend's spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life.

Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was born in Berlin, educated at the universities of Jena and Bern, and emigrated to Palestine in 1923, where he devoted himself to the study of the Jewish mystical tradition and the Kabbala. One of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century, admired both for his philological prowess and his philosoph...
Title:Walter Benjamin: The Story of a FriendshipFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:328 pages, 7.97 X 4.96 X 0.84 inShipping dimensions:328 pages, 7.97 X 4.96 X 0.84 inPublished:April 30, 2003Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590170326

ISBN - 13:9781590170328

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