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The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/144/1576300/144chace.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 Few readers will travel the whole of even one of Blumenberg’s journeys, but to tag along even briey i fl s always dazzling and rewarding. History, Metaphors, Fables is a perfect place to begin. Bajohr, Fuchs, and Kroll have gathered, in the best translation this great prose stylist has received, fundamental short texts by Blumenberg that were the seeds of his later encyclopedic volumes. Also repre- sented are a number of essays written for a general audience, for example on Franz Kaf ka, Aesop, William Faulkner, pensiveness, and Goethe (Blumenberg’s patron saint). A lesser- known 1964 piece on Paul Valéry’s objet ambigu, included among a group of texts on “Nature, Technology, and Aesthetics,” grabbed me with the same force that arrested me, now forty years ago, browsing through some pages on the Rosetta Stone contained in Blumenberg’s (untranslated) Die Lesbarkeit der Welt (The Legibility of the World). Once again, I felt torn between continuing to read and rushing back to my desk to what I had been trying to write. Blumenberg is hard to read not because of the length or difc fi ulty of his books, but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

Common Knowledge , Volume 28 (1) – Jan 1, 2022

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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/144/1576300/144chace.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 Few readers will travel the whole of even one of Blumenberg’s journeys, but to tag along even briey i fl s always dazzling and rewarding. History, Metaphors, Fables is a perfect place to begin. Bajohr, Fuchs, and Kroll have gathered, in the best translation this great prose stylist has received, fundamental short texts by Blumenberg that were the seeds of his later encyclopedic volumes. Also repre- sented are a number of essays written for a general audience, for example on Franz Kaf ka, Aesop, William Faulkner, pensiveness, and Goethe (Blumenberg’s patron saint). A lesser- known 1964 piece on Paul Valéry’s objet ambigu, included among a group of texts on “Nature, Technology, and Aesthetics,” grabbed me with the same force that arrested me, now forty years ago, browsing through some pages on the Rosetta Stone contained in Blumenberg’s (untranslated) Die Lesbarkeit der Welt (The Legibility of the World). Once again, I felt torn between continuing to read and rushing back to my desk to what I had been trying to write. Blumenberg is hard to read not because of the length or difc fi ulty of his books, but

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Published: Jan 1, 2022

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