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Walter Benjamin's Grave

Michael Taussig


In September 1940, Walter Benjamin committed suicide in Port Bou on the Spanish–French border when it appeared that he and his traveling partners would be denied passage into Spain in their attempt to escape the Nazis. In 2002, the author visited Benjamin's grave in Port Bou. The result is an essay about the cemetery, eyewitness accounts of Benjamin's border travails, and the circumstances of his demise, the most recent of eight revelatory essays collected in this volume. Although thematically these essays run the gamut—covering the monument and graveyard at Port Bou, discussions of peasant po ... More

Keywords: Walter Benjamin, Port Bou, Nazis, materialist knowledge, globalization, homogenization, peasant poetry, transgression, shamans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226790039
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226790008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Taussig, author