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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Failure

Walter Benjamin on Kafka:
"One is tempted to say: once he was certain of eventual failure, everything worked out for him en route as in a dream."

Source: W. Benjamin 'Max Brod's Book on Kafka and Some of My Own Reflections', [letter to Gerhard Scholem: June 12, 1938] in Illuminations (London: Fontana, 1992; tr. H.Zohn), 136-143 [quotation, p.143].

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