Elias Canetti

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Canetti, Elias

(kənĕt`ē), 1905–94, English novelist and essayist, b. Ruschuk (now Ruse), Bulgaria. He came from a Sephardic Jewish background, spent most of his early years in Vienna, and, fleeing Nazism, emigrated to England in 1939 just before the outbreak of World War II. His most important works, all written in German, are the novel Auto-da-Fé (1935, tr. 1946), a searing picture of a man who is obsessive, degraded, and evil, and Crowds and Power (1960, tr. 1962), a study of mass psychology. He also wrote plays, autobiographical works, essays, and a study of KafkaKafka, Franz
, 1883–1924, German-language novelist, b. Prague. Along with Joyce, Kafka is perhaps the most influential of 20th-century writers. From a middle-class Jewish family from Bohemia, he spent most of his life in Prague.
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. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.


See his reminiscences: The Tongue Set Free (1977, tr. 1979), The Torch in My Ear (1980, tr. 1982), The Play of the Eyes (1985, tr. 1986), and the unfinished and posthumously published Party in the Blitz (2003, tr. 2005); his notebooks (1998); study by R. Lawson (1991).

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In and through his library Elias Canetti had established a completely sovereign state, a "republic of books" of which he was the unchallenged president.
In his rather mischievous recollections of Musil in The Play of the Eyes, Elias Canetti reports that whenever he was informed that someone had praised The Man without Qualities, Musil's "first question was `Whom else does he praise?
Having read Veza's literary output, rather than believing that Elias Canetti was an egocentric artist who had barred his wife from public self-expression, one may suspect that he tried to shelter her from criticism while she was alive, and arranged for the posthumous publications as a late act of spousal loyalty.
With both volumes, the contemporary student and reader can gain a fine overview of and considerable insight into the unique life and work of Elias Canetti.
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Someone has now proven on a computer that 83 percent of the King James New Testament was subsumed whole from Tyndale; the rest was subjected to the braking process that Elias Canetti described in Crowds and Power when he designated religion the "slow crowd.
On which Elias Canetti commented, "If only the coldheartedness and indifference expressed in those words had remained unspoken
The fourteen contributions discuss the relationship between revealed religion and literature: the role of religious identity, the work of Elias Canetti, the relationship between ethics and hermeneutics, coping with Europe after the Holocaust, the influence of Sigmund Freud, William Blake and the post-colonial imagination in Australia, the role of religion in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, the influence of Jeanette Winterson, Michel Tournier and Wallace Stevens, Cynthia's Ozick's novel, The Messiah of Stockholm, and the poetry of John Ashbery.
THE MOST BLATANT tyranny is the one which asks the most blatant questions," writes the late Nobel laureate Elias Canetti in Crowds and Power (1960).
Many of the authors anthologized here are little-known to American readers, which adds to the book's appeal: Marcel Ayme, Andrei Bely, Mikhail Bulgakov, Piero Camporesi, Elias Canetti, Antonin Careme, Leonora Carrington, Blaise Cendrars, Rene Char, Barbara Comyns, Sergei Dovlatov, Luigi Colombo Fillia, Eduardo Galeano, Francois Hebert, Ismail Kadare - without going further, it's obvious that Gordon's literary palate leans toward French and Eastern European dishes, which has the advantage of adding new names to the reading lists of "bibliogourmands" (her word) with appetites as ravenous as Gordon's.
As a result, it can sometimes be distinguished from his journals only by the fact that in the journals real figures appear from time to time: his Swiss mentor Max Frisch, his publisher Siegfried Unseld, his friend Elias Canetti, his life-companion O.