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In the Footsteps of Walter Benjamin

Michael D. Jackson

In 2003, anthropologist and poet Michael Jackson went to French Catalonia with the intention of crossing the Pyrenees on the anniversary of Walter Benjamin's fateful journey on 25-26 September 1940. Retracing Benjamin's steps over a tortuous terrain of vineyards, stony paths and Mediterranean maquis, Jackson meditates on the life and work of the great twentieth-century philosopher, critical theorist, and essayist, as well as on the ways that events beyond our control or comprehension impact on and shape the course of our individual journeys through life.

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The Origins of the Stanley Hoffmann We Knew

Some Comparisons on his Vichy Years with My Family Story

Peter Gourevitch

and guides in Banyuls-sur-Mer, which had a Socialist mayor and a resident named Dina Vierny, the companion and model of artist Aristide Maillot, and daughter of a Russian Socialist Jewish émigré, who knew and helped the Menshevik group. Once across the