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By John Schad
“'as interesting because the such a lot experimental avant-garde mobilizations of literature in the course of the interwar interval. Stein, Breton, Pirandello and Pessoa come to mind.'” – Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University
A startling critical-creative exam of 1 of the 20 th Century's prime thinkers, The overdue Walter Benjamin is a documentary novel that juxtaposes the existence and demise of Walter Benjamin with the times, hours and mins of a working-class council property at the fringe of London in post-war Austerity England. the unconventional centres on one specific tenant who claims to be Walter Benjamin, and basically ever makes use of phrases written through Benjamin, it seems that oblivious that the true Benjamin devoted suicide two decades previous when fleeing the Nazis. in the beginning set within the sixties, the textual content slips again to the early years of the property and to Benjamin's final days, as he strikes throughout Europe looking ever-more desperately to flee the 3rd Reich. via this fictional narrative, John Schad explores not just the emergence of Benjamin's considering from a politicised Jewish theology compelled to confront the increase of Nazism but in addition the consequences of his utopian Marxism, cast in exile, for the very assorted context of a displaced operating type group in post-war Britain.
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Painter had now something else to read, to read aloud; although this time it had emerged as if from his flesh, from deep inside his coat. ‘The Advancement of Science,’ he muttered. ‘1956,’ he muttered. ‘“Social and Psychological Aspects of Re-Housing,” he muttered. G. Maule,’ he concluded. G. Maule had written. And so I stayed. ’ said Painter. He hurled The Advancement way over his shoulder. But Porlock, for a moment abandoning his chair, rescued The Advancement. G. ”’ Porlock glared at Painter who bellowed to God, crumpled in an almighty heap and clutched his caryatid head.
There was a pause, a pause as Mr Tal studied the arrangements for National Corset Week. The table shook. Mr Tal then turned the cutting over, gently, so gently, and read aloud, very slowly, the newsprint that he found on the far side of the corseted lady. He read: West Herts and Watford Observer April 3, 1953 At the opening of the Methodist Church Hall on the LCC Oxhey estate the guest speaker, Dr Irvonwy Morgan of the London Methodist Mission, spoke of the challenge that lay ahead. ’ ‘Quite,’ said Porlock, ‘But you, Herr Tal, are dead and yet do not seem to know it.
Mr Tal says nothing as the film wheels on and the roads of Utopia are made to sway by American marchingbands that are cheered and followed by hundreds of Utopians, most on foot and some on bikes. The tenants of Nowhere are storming a beautiful future. Their roads are now streets and they are a crowd again. But I see, out of the hole in my eye, that two people, just two people, are hurtling the opposite way, towards the back of the crowd. One is a worried woman, her head in a shopping bag, and the other is a tramp on a bike.
The Late Walter Benjamin (New Directions in Religion and Literature) by John Schad