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By Michael Taussig

In September 1940, Walter Benjamin devoted 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 break out the Nazis. In 2002, certainly one of anthropology’s—and certainly today’s—most exact writers, Michael Taussig, visited Benjamin’s grave in Port Bou. the result's “Walter Benjamin’s Grave,” a relocating essay concerning the cemetery, eyewitness debts of Benjamin’s border travails, and the conditions of his loss of life. it's the newest of 8 revelatory essays accumulated during this quantity of an identical 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 study. unusual love certainly; love of the wound, love of the final gasp.” even though 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, ny urban law enforcement officials, and the connection among plants and violence—each stocks Taussig’s hugely person model of storytelling, person who is dependent upon a deep appreciation of gadgets and issues with a view to retrieve even deeper philosophical and anthropological meanings. no matter if he unearths himself in Australia, Colombia, ny, or Spain, in the middle of a ebook or a seashore, no matter if chatting with buddies or looking at a monument, Taussig makes transparent via those amazing essays that materialist wisdom deals an important substitute to the more and more summary, globalized, homogenized, and digitized global we inhabit.

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

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By Michael Taussig

In September 1940, Walter Benjamin devoted 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 break out the Nazis. In 2002, certainly one of anthropology’s—and certainly today’s—most exact writers, Michael Taussig, visited Benjamin’s grave in Port Bou. the result's “Walter Benjamin’s Grave,” a relocating essay concerning the cemetery, eyewitness debts of Benjamin’s border travails, and the conditions of his loss of life. it's the newest of 8 revelatory essays accumulated during this quantity of an identical 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 study. unusual love certainly; love of the wound, love of the final gasp.” even though 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, ny urban law enforcement officials, and the connection among plants and violence—each stocks Taussig’s hugely person model of storytelling, person who is dependent upon a deep appreciation of gadgets and issues with a view to retrieve even deeper philosophical and anthropological meanings. no matter if he unearths himself in Australia, Colombia, ny, or Spain, in the middle of a ebook or a seashore, no matter if chatting with buddies or looking at a monument, Taussig makes transparent via those amazing essays that materialist wisdom deals an important substitute to the more and more summary, globalized, homogenized, and digitized global we inhabit.

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

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