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Five Portraits: Modernity and the Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Writing
by Michael Bernstein
Northwestern University Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6674-5 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3151-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1774-7
Library of Congress Classification PT401.B47 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 830.90091

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Five Portraits, one of the most acute critical thinkers of our time presents essays on five of the most important writers of the past hundred years: Rainer Maria Rilke, Paul Celan, Robert Musil, Martin Heidegger, and Walter Benjamin. The result is a remarkable examination of a moment when these writers, caught between the dream of creating an abiding masterpiece and the reality of a brutal culture fascinated by apocalyptic catastrophe, deliberately put themselves and their work at the center of the storm. Written in elegant and jargon-free prose, Michael Andre Bernstein's essays create a vivid image of an epoch whose aspirations and torments continues to shape the world we inhabit today.

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