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Auto Da Fe by Elias Canetti

Auto Da Fe (original 1935; edition 1981)

by Elias Canetti

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Title:Auto Da Fe
Authors:Elias Canetti
Info:Pan Books Ltd (1981), paperback
Collections:BEN - DIS
Tags:Italy, read

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Auto-da-fé by Elias Canetti (1935)


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Basically the complete opposite of what I enjoy in a novel.
But then I haven't won a Nobel Prize for Literature, have I. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
This book is so amazingly bizarre-- and where percentage of completely unlikeable characters is concerned, is comparable only to Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Oct 18, 2012 |
A strange character dwells amongst his ten thousand books. When he marries his housekeeper, he is going to learn something about the depths of life.
1 vote hbergander | Apr 4, 2011 |
This book is bizarre. It’s like a Grimm’s fairy tale with insane characters, or a cautionary tale with a moral that’s not a moral because it’s so nihilistic. This, Canetti seems to be saying, is what happens if an intellectual dissociates from the real world and hears no voice other than his own. He becomes dogmatic and he falls victim to the venality of the ignorant. It’s sobering reading.
To see my review (more of a summary really, as best I understood the book) please visit http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/auto-da-fe-by-elias-canetti/. ( )
  anzlitlovers | Aug 20, 2010 |
See What I Have Been Reading, July 2010 at From Word to Word
  jeremylukehill | Aug 3, 2010 |
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‘What are you doing here, my little man?’
You draw closer to truth by shutting yourself off from mankind. Daily life is a superficial clatter of lies. Every passer-by is a liar.
No mind ever grew fat on a diet of novels. The pleasure which they occasionally offer is all too heavily paid for: they undermine the finest characters. They teach us to think ourselves into other men's places. Thus we acquire a taste for change. The personality becomes dissolved in pleasing figments of imagination. The reader learns to understand every point of view. Willingly he yields himself to the pursuit of other people's goals and loses sight of his own. Novels are so many wedges which the novelist, an actor with his pen, inserts into the closed personality of the reader. The better he calculates the size of the wedge and the strength of the resistance, so much the more completely does he crack open the personality of his victim.
Novels should be prohibited by the State.
Almost Kien was tempted to believe in happiness, that contemptible life-goal of illiterates.
Without corporal punishment no one ever got anywhere. The English are a tremendous people.
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First American edition was published as The Tower of Babel.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374518793, Paperback)

Auto-da-Fé, Elias Canetti's only work of fiction, is a staggering achievement that puts him squarely in the ranks of major European writers such as Robert Musil and Hermann Broch. It is the story of Peter Kien, a scholarly recluse who lives among and for his great library. The destruction of Kien through the instrument of the illiterate, brutish housekeeper he marries constitutes the plot of the book. The best writers of our time have been concerned with the horror of the modern world--one thinks of Kafka, to whom Canetti has often been compared. But Auto-de-Fé stands as a completely original, unforgettable treatment of the modern predicament.

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Peter Kien lives secluded in his library until he marries his housekeeper, who pushes him into the harshness of the outside world

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