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Dream Notes by Theodor W. Adorno

Dream Notes

by Theodor W. Adorno

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A comienzos de enero de 1956, Adorno anotó dos reflexiones sobre los sueños que demuestran el especial interés que tenía al respecto: "Ciertas experiencias oníricas me permiten suponer que el individuo vive su propia muerte como catástrofe cósmica". Y: "Nuestros sueños no sólo están vinculados entre sí en cuanto 'nuestros', sino que forman también un continuo, pertenecen a un mundo unitario, igual que, por ejemplo, todos los relatos de Kafka transcurren en 'lo mismo'. Pero cuanto más estrechamente conectados entre sí están los sueños o se repiten, tanto más grande es el peligro de que ya no podamos distinguirlos de la realidad". ( )
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"Dreams are as black as death."
—Theodor W. Adorno

Adorno was fascinated by his dreams and wrote them down throughout his life. He envisaged publishing a collection of them although in the event no more than a few appeared in his lifetime.

Dream Notes offers a selection of Adornos writings on dreams that span the last twenty-five years of his life. Readers of Adorno who are accustomed to high-powered reflections on philosophy, music and culture may well find them disconcerting: they provide an amazingly frank and uninhibited account of his inner desires, guilt feelings and anxieties. Brothel scenes, torture and executions figure prominently. They are presented straightforwardly, at face value. No attempt is made to interpret them, to relate them to the events of his life, to psychoanalyse them, or to establish any connections with the principal themes of his philosophy.

Are they fiction, autobiography or an attempt to capture a pre-rational, quasi-mythic state of consciousness? No clear answer can be given. Taken together they provide a highly consistent picture of a dimension of experience that is normally ignored, one that rounds out and deepens our knowledge of Adorno while retaining something of the enigmatic quality that energized his own thought.

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