The Storyteller: Tales Out Of Loneliness gathers for the first time the fiction of Walter Benjamin, edited and translated by Sam Dolbear, Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold of dreamworlds, celebrate the ludic, and delve into the relationship between fortune-telling and gambling. An edited excerpt from the editors’ introduction, ‘The Storyteller: Walter Benjamin and the Magnetic Play of Words’, is published here, laying out how, taken together, the novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection illuminate the themes that defined Benjamin’s work.
In the latest Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop, Esther Leslie, Marina Warner and Michael Rosen join Gareth Evans to discuss his experimentation with form and media, his concept of storytelling and the communicability of experience, and the themes that run throughout Benjamin’s creative and critical writing.
We are launching this podcast with a competition to win a limited edition Rosa Luxemburg tote bag containing The Storyteller and Radio Benjamin. To win this bundle, simply share the podcast on Twitter mentioning @VersoBooks with the hashtag #VersoStoryteller, or reblog the podcast on Tumblr using the hashtag #VersoStoryteller. The competition will finish Monday 20 June, 4 p.m. GMT and winners will be picked at random. Good luck!
On Thursday 23 June, Esther Leslie and Gareth Evans launch ‘The Storyteller’ in conversation at the Bookshop, where Benjamin is the featured Author of the Month in celebration of his significant contributions to the culture of modernism in the first half of the 20th century. Book tickets here.