WALTER BENJAMIN AND BERTOLT BRECHT
The Story of a Friendship, 1924-1940

ERDMUT WIZISLA
288pp 25 ILLUS 2009 OUT OF PRINT B743

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£11.95

Description
This work explores for the first time the friendship between Walter Benjamin, the acclaimed critic and literary theorist, and Bertolt Brecht, one of the twentieth century’'s most influential theatre artists and poets, during the crucial interwar years in Berlin. From the first meeting to their experiences in exile, the events in this friendship are illuminated by personal correspondence, journal entries and notes from the friends’ electric discussions of shared projects. In addition, Wizisla presents documents by colleagues who shaped and shaded their relationship, including Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt. He shows us the ideological exchanges between Benjamin and Brecht, including in particular the first account of the Berlin Marxist journal planned for 1931.