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.

Bibliography

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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For foregrounded here was not so much the irreducible antagonism in the social that relational aesthetics is said to gloss over, but rather the psychic instability of the crowd as seen from Gustave Le Bon, through Freud and Elias Canetti, to recent students of hooliganism--an instability that rendered the installation insecure as both structure and event.
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Pero es que al lado de la bibliografia critica brillan con mas luz las continuas referencias a poetas, escritores y ensayistas, como Kundera, Gil de Biedma, Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz y, sobre todo, Elias Canetti, pues no en vano cada capitulo del libro se abre con una cita suya, que ilumina el espiritu y la intencion que lo guia.
The essays translated and collected in this extremely well-produced volume are pivotal to the understanding of Cacciari's notion of "negativity" and the way in which his critique of political reason articulates itself from the encounter with some pivotal German intellectuals: two of the texts in the book are devoted to a critique of Weber, one to Nietzsche's [lack of] politics, another to German romantics and neo-romantic thought (Hoffmanstahl, Lukacs and Benjamin), and the others to Elias Canetti, to law and justice in Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin and Simone Weil, to the geo-ontology of Europe and finally to the figure of the politician as tragic hero.
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Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, Truman Capote, Anita Brookner--not to mention widely translated heavy-hitters like Voltaire, the poet Rilke, Colette, Thomas Mann, Elias Canetti and Jose Luis Borges--do not begin to exhaust the list.
In order to illustrate this approach, I will discuss the role of narratorial agency and polemical portrayal in texts by Heinrich von Kleist and Elias Canetti. Both authors share an emphasis on the external constitution and attribution of an apparently mental and internal phenomenon like madness.