The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness gathers for the first time the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin. Each text in the book is accompanied by a Paul Klee illustration. Below, Stuart Jeffries examines the meaning that Klee's Angelus Novus held for Benjamin.
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In 1921, Walter Benjamin bought Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus, an oil transfer drawing with watercolour, for 1,000 marks in Munich. His friend Charlotte Wolf then recalled how this “gauche and inhibited man” had “behaved as if something marvellous had been given to him."
We've been delving deep into the Verso Archive recently, looking back at some classic works from our backlist (& their changing covers). First up, Immanuel Wallerstein's Historical Capitalism in its many iterations: 1983 (left), 1999 (right), and the most recent edition from 2011 in the middle. This, along with ALL our books, is 50% off until the end of the year (with free shipping!)
Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization by Immanuael Wallerstein
The master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years.
Speaking at Walter Benjamin Now, an event at Whitechapel Gallery marking the 75th anniversary of Benjamin's death, Esther Leslie thinks through Benjamin's concepts, in particular the ‘microcosm’, to reflect on the contemporary migrant crisis at the borders of Fortress Europe. These ‘millions of nameless movers’ give Benjamin’s own death a contemporary resonance, as well as endowing his memorial with new meaning in ‘the Now’.
Esther Leslie is a translator of Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Storyteller’ and author of ‘Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde’.