walter benjamin manhattan projection

Book Giveaway: The Manhattan Project

Philosophy and fiction is a great combo, one that doesn’t happen nearly enough.

In The Manhattan Project, David Kishik envisions a world where Walter Benjamin had faked his own death and assumed a new identity in New York City. How would Benjamin have continued his work?

In The Manhattan Project, David Kishik dares to imagine a Walter Benjamin who did not commit suicide in 1940, but managed instead to escape the Nazis to begin a long, solitary life in New York. During his anonymous, posthumous existence, while he was haunting and haunted by his new city, Benjamin composed a sequel to his Arcades Project. Just as his incomplete masterpiece revolved around Paris, capital of the nineteenth century, this spectral text was dedicated to New York, capital of the twentieth. Kishik’s sui generis work of experimental scholarship or fictional philosophy is thus presented as a study of a manuscript that was never written.

Additionally, eminent thinker Nein had this to say:

We’re giving away 5 copies of The Manhattan Project, with accompanying Critical-Theory bookmarks.

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  • Neil Harrison

    “Kishik’s sui generis work of experimental scholarship or fictional philosophy is thus presented as a study of a manuscript that was never written.”

    “Renowned poet and conceptual artist Kenneth Goldsmith collects a
    massive assortment of quotations about New York City in the twentieth
    century. This kaleidoscopic montage from hundreds of sources is a
    literary adoration of New York as the capital of the world, and was
    inspired by Walter Benjamin’s unfinished masterpiece, The Arcades Project, a compendium of quotations about nineteenth-century Paris.

    brings together an immense archive of quotations about modern New York
    from novels, histories, newspapers, memoirs, letters, advertisements and
    more unlikely sources, all organized into lyrical and philosophical
    categories. The result is a magisterial and poetic history of New York
    in the twentieth century, and an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind book of
    experimental literature.”

  • Carol M Dupre

    I really want to read this book and extend my waning enthusiasm for this philosopher especially in an invigorating ‘fictional’ realm — but I do not have a Twitter account. Oh. Sorrow. Please send it me anyway.