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Henry Sussman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232833

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232833.001.0001

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Booking Benjamin: The Fate of a Medium

Booking Benjamin: The Fate of a Medium

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(p.107) Four Booking Benjamin: The Fate of a Medium
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Henry Sussman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232833.003.0004

Books are the buildings in a virtual ecology of an architectural program or a climate experienced as an urban landscape. This chapter discusses the vertiginous convergence of designs in books and the text that they encompass. Surely the work of Walter Benjamin about books will trace the confluences between the labyrinthine configurations of both textual constellations and modern cities. Before he became the lifelong liaison, Benjamin was a citizen, habitué, cognoscente, and transgressor of the history and tradition of the book. As he is known to have a lifelong nomadic quest of books wherein he is definitely at home, he created different ways in which he would be proficient in literature. Moreover, the mystical book in Benjamin's library is addressed with key anomalies in some of his most luminal and haunting works.

Keywords:   books, designs, Walter Benjamin, text, urban landscape, literature

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