Walter Benjamin: Berlin Childhood Circa 1900 by Carl Skoggard

Published by Publication Studio (2015)
326 Pages, 12 x 16 cm, Paperback

This translation by Carl Skoggard of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s (1892-1940) engaging memoir remains faithful to the author’s voice. Readers are offered glimpses of an anonymous Berlin childhood which might have been Benjamin’s own, with recollections of an affluent Jewish home in Berlin’s West End, circa 1900. Focusing less on events and characters than on places and things, Benjamin vividly reimagines a young child’s idiosyncratic private world. Written in the months before and after the Nazi takeover of Germany, these recollections served as a coping mechanism for Benjamin, a way of working through irrevocable loss.