Walter Benjamin is one of the most important intellectuals in twentieth century and also one of its most elusive.
His writings defy simple categorization as it incorporates philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology.
And his mobile, often improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers.
His writing career moved from the brilliant esotericism of his early writings through his emergence as a central voice in Weimar culture and on to the exile years.
Now, a major new biography from two of the world’s foremost Benjamin scholars reaches beyond the mosaic and the mythical to present this intriguing figure in full.