RADIO BENJAMIN

WALTER BENJAMIN
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From 1927 to 1933, Walter Benjamin wrote and presented more than eighty broadcasts over the new medium of radio. This delightful, eclectic collection of the surviving transcripts shows the range of his thinking and includes stories for young and old, plays, readings, book reviews, a novella and discussions of topics ranging from finding a job to the architecture of Berlin to an account of the railway disaster at the Firth of Tay. This is the philosopher and cultural critic directing his sophisticated thinking to a mass audience.

There really is no parallel for what Benjamin did in these talks. Imagine a particularly engaging episode of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time narrated by Alan Bennett . . . and you have something of their allure. FINANCIAL TIMES