Walter Benjamin's Grave

Walter Benjamin's Grave


In September 1940, Walter Benjamin dedicated suicide in Port Bou at the Spanish-French border whilst it seemed that he and his traveling companions will be denied passage into Spain of their try and get away the Nazis. In 2002, one in all anthropology’s—and certainly today’s—most specific writers, Michael Taussig, visited Benjamin’s grave in Port Bou. the result's “Walter Benjamin’s Grave,” a relocating essay in regards to the cemetery, eyewitness bills of Benjamin’s border travails, and the situations of his death. it's the most modern of 8 revelatory essays accrued during this quantity of an analogous name.

“Looking over those essays written during the last decade,” writes Taussig, “I imagine what they proportion is a love of muted and faulty storytelling as a sort of research. unusual love certainly; love of the wound, love of the final gasp.” even supposing thematically those essays run the gamut—covering the monument and graveyard at Port Bou, discussions of peasant poetry in Colombia, a pact with the satan, the peculiarities of a shaman’s physique, transgression, the disappearance of the ocean, long island urban police officers, and the connection among plants and violence—each stocks Taussig’s hugely person model of storytelling, person who depends upon a deep appreciation of items and issues on the way to retrieve even deeper philosophical and anthropological meanings. no matter if he reveals himself in Australia, Colombia, big apple, or Spain, in the course of a publication or a seashore, even if speaking to acquaintances or looking at a monument, Taussig makes transparent via those tremendous essays that materialist wisdom deals a very important substitute to the more and more summary, globalized, homogenized, and digitized international we inhabit.

Pursuing an event that's half ethnography, half autobiography, and half cultural feedback refracted in the course of the item that's Walter Benjamin’s grave, Taussig, with this assortment, offers his personal literary memorial to the 20 th century’s maximum cultural critic.

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