Walking in Berlin: A Flaneur in the Capital

Author:   Franz Hessel ,  Consultant Statistician Walter Benjamin (Columbia University) ,  Amanda DeMarco
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
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9780262036351


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 August 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Format:   Hardback
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The first English translation of a lost classic that reinvents the flaneur in Berlin. Franz Hessel (1880-1941), a German-born writer, grew up in Berlin, studied in Munich, and then lived in Paris, where he moved in artistic and literary circles. His relationship with the fashion journalist Helen Grund was the inspiration for Henri-Pierre Roche's novel Jules et Jim (made into a celebrated 1962 film by Francois Truffaut). In collaboration with Walter Benjamin, Hessel reinvented the Parisian figure of the flaneur. This 1929 book--here in its first English translation--offers Hessel's version of a flaneur in Berlin. In Walking in Berlin, Hessel captures the rhythm of Weimar-era Berlin, recording the seismic shifts in German culture. Nearly all of the essays take the form of a walk or outing, focusing on either a theme or part of the city, and many end at a theater, cinema, or club. Hessel deftly weaves the past with the present, walking through the city's history as well as its neighborhoods. Even today, his walks in the city, from the Alexanderplatz to Kreuzberg, can guide would-be flaneurs. Walking in Berlin is a lost classic, known mainly because of Hessel's connection to Benjamin but now introduced to readers of English. Walking in Berlin was a central model for Benjamin's Arcades Project and remains a classic of walking literature that ranges from Surrealist perambulation to Situationist psychogeography. This MIT Press edition includes the complete text in translation as well as Benjamin's essay on Walking in Berlin, originally written as a review of the book's original edition. An absolutely epic book, a walking remembrance. --Walter Benjamin

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Author:   Franz Hessel ,  Consultant Statistician Walter Benjamin (Columbia University) ,  Amanda DeMarco
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
Imprint:   MIT Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 20.30cm
Weight:   0.408kg
ISBN:  

9780262036351


ISBN 10:   0262036355
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 August 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
Limited stock is available. It will be ordered for you and shipped pending supplier's limited stock.
Language:   English

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Reading Walking in Berlin is the next best thing to traveling back in time to visit the capital of the Weimar Republic as it was in 1929. --PopMatters


Reading Walking in Berlin is the next best thing to traveling back in time to visit the capital of the Weimar Republic as it was in 1929. --PopMatters--Reviews


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Franz Hessel, Berlin-born son of a Jewish banking family, was a writer and translator, translating works by Casanova, Stendhal, and Balzac, as well as collaborating with Walter Benjamin on a translation of Proust's la recherche du temps perdu into German. Hessel died in early 1941, shortly after his release from an internment camp.

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