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On Hashish

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Walter Benjamin's posthumously published collection of writings on hashish is a detailed blueprint for a book that was never written — a "truly exceptional book about hashish," as Benjamin describes it in a letter to his friend Gershom Scholem. A series of "protocols of drug experiments," written by himself and his co-participants between 1927 and 1934, together with short prose pieces that he published during his lifetime, On Hashish provides a peculiarly intimate portrait of Benjamin, venturesome as ever at the end of the Weimar Republic, and of his unique form of thought. This English-language edition of On Hashish features a section of supplementary materials — drawn from Benjamin's essays, letters, and sketches — relating to hashish use, as well as a reminiscence by his friend Jean Selz, which concerns a night of opium-smoking in Ibiza. A preface by Howard Eiland discusses the leading motifs of Benjamin's reflections on intoxication.

Review:

"Benjamin can be perversely elusive — sometimes you wonder if you need to be on drugs to get him." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Walter Benjamin's posthumously published collection of writings on hashish is a detailed blueprint for a book that was never written--a "truly exceptional book about hashish," as Benjamin describes it in a letter to his friend Gershom Scholem. A series of "protocols of drug experiments," written by himself and his co-participants between 1927 and 1934, together with short prose pieces that he published during his lifetime, On Hashish provides a peculiarly intimate portrait of Benjamin, venturesome as ever at the end of the Weimar Republic, and of his unique form of thought.

Consciously placing himself in a tradition of literary drug-connoisseurs from Baudelaire to Hermann Hesse, Benjamin looked to hashish and other drugs for an initiation into what he called "profane illumination." At issue here, as everywhere in Benjamin's work, is a new way of seeing, a new connection to the ordinary world. Under the influence of hashish, as time and space become inseparable, experiences become subtly stratified and resonant: we inhabit more than one plane in time. What Benjamin, in his contemporaneous study of Surrealism, calls "image space" comes vividly to life in this philosophical immersion in the sensuous.

This English-language edition of On Hashish features a section of supplementary materials--drawn from Benjamin's essays, letters, and sketches--relating to hashish use, as well as a reminiscence by his friend Jean Selz, which concerns a night of opium-smoking in Ibiza. A preface by Howard Eiland discusses the leading motifs of Benjamin's reflections on intoxication.

About the Author

Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis.

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword

Abbreviations and a Note on the Texts

"Walter Benjamin and Drug Literature,"
by Marcus Boon


Editorial Note,
by Tillman Rexroth


Protocols of Drug Experiments (1-12)

Completed Texts

"Myslovice--Braunschweig--Marseilles"

"Hashish in Marseilles"

Addenda

From One-Way Street

From "Surrealism"

From "May-June 1931"

From The Arcades Project

From the Notebooks

From the Letters

"An Experiment by Walter Benjamin," by Jean Selz

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022218
Author:
Benjamin, Walter
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Translator:
Eiland, Howard
Introduction:
Boon, Marcus
Essay by:
Boon, Marcus
Essay:
Boon, Marcus
Editor:
Eiland, Howard
Editor:
Boon, Marcus
Author:
Boon, Marcus
Author:
Eiland, Howard
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Drugs - Philosophy
Subject:
Benjamin, Walter - Drug use
Subject:
Authors, German - 20th century - Drug use
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - German
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 6 x 1 in

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"Review" by , "Benjamin can be perversely elusive — sometimes you wonder if you need to be on drugs to get him."
"Synopsis" by , Walter Benjamin's posthumously published collection of writings on hashish is a detailed blueprint for a book that was never written--a "truly exceptional book about hashish," as Benjamin describes it in a letter to his friend Gershom Scholem. A series of "protocols of drug experiments," written by himself and his co-participants between 1927 and 1934, together with short prose pieces that he published during his lifetime, On Hashish provides a peculiarly intimate portrait of Benjamin, venturesome as ever at the end of the Weimar Republic, and of his unique form of thought.

Consciously placing himself in a tradition of literary drug-connoisseurs from Baudelaire to Hermann Hesse, Benjamin looked to hashish and other drugs for an initiation into what he called "profane illumination." At issue here, as everywhere in Benjamin's work, is a new way of seeing, a new connection to the ordinary world. Under the influence of hashish, as time and space become inseparable, experiences become subtly stratified and resonant: we inhabit more than one plane in time. What Benjamin, in his contemporaneous study of Surrealism, calls "image space" comes vividly to life in this philosophical immersion in the sensuous.

This English-language edition of On Hashish features a section of supplementary materials--drawn from Benjamin's essays, letters, and sketches--relating to hashish use, as well as a reminiscence by his friend Jean Selz, which concerns a night of opium-smoking in Ibiza. A preface by Howard Eiland discusses the leading motifs of Benjamin's reflections on intoxication.

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