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Elias Canetti (1905–1994)

Author of Auto-da-Fé

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About the Author

Elias Canetti was born in Rustschuk, Bulgaria on July 25, 1905 into a Sephardic Jewish family. He was educated in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Vienna in 1929. He wrote novels and plays in German. His works explored the emotions of show more crowds, the psychopathology of power, and the position of the individual at odds with the society around him. His novels include Auto-da- Fé and Masse und Macht. His plays include Hochzeit, Komödie der Eitelkeit, and Die Befristeten. He also published excerpts from his notebooks, a book of character sketches, and an autobiography. He received numerous awards including the Vienna Prize in 1966, the Critics Prize (Germany) in 1967, the Great Austrian State Prize in 1967, the Buchner Prize in 1972, the Sachs Prize in 1975, the Hebbel Prize in 1980, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. He died on August 14, 1994. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Elias Canetti

Auto-da-Fé (1935) 2,366 copies
Crowds and Power (1960) 1,406 copies
Voices of Marrakech (1968) 724 copies
The Torch in my Ear (1980) 581 copies
The Play of the Eyes (1985) 380 copies
Letters to Felice / Kafka's Other Trial (1969) — Author — 284 copies
The Human Province (1972) 264 copies
Earwitness: Fifty Characters (1974) 215 copies
The Conscience of Words (1975) 189 copies
Party in the Blitz (2003) 185 copies
Het boek tegen de dood (2014) 87 copies
Toneel (1964) 70 copies
Komödie der Eitelkeit (1983) — Author — 24 copies
The Wedding (1986) 17 copies
Aufzeichnungen 1973-1984 (1901) 15 copies
Über die Dichter (2004) 12 copies
Über Tiere (2002) 8 copies
Apuntes (2008) 8 copies
Briefe an Georges (2006) — Author — 8 copies
A túlélő (1960) 5 copies
Die Befristeten (1988) 4 copies
Appunti 1942-1993 (2021) 3 copies
Fritz Wotruba 3 copies
Myśli (1981) 3 copies
Sozcuklerin Bilinci (2020) 2 copies
Saatin Gizli Yuregi (2015) 2 copies
Edebiyatç¸lar Üzerine (2007) 2 copies
Gesammelte Werke. (1994) 2 copies
Welt im Kopf 2 copies
Opere, 1932-1973 (1990) 2 copies
Opere 1973-1987 (1993) 2 copies
Imágenes de una vida (2005) 2 copies
The Numbered (1984) 2 copies
O smrti 1 copy
Lettres à Georges (2009) 1 copy
Öbür Dava (2010) 1 copy
Feljegyzések (2006) 1 copy
Insanin Tasrasi (2004) 1 copy
Dramen 1 copy
Sinek Azabi (2017) 1 copy
Aufzeichnungen (2016) 1 copy
Aufsätze und Reden (2016) 1 copy
Gözlerin Oyunu (2020) 1 copy
Marocco 1 copy
Svědomí slov (1992) 1 copy
provincia dell'uomo (1986) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) — Contributor — 25 copies
Escape: Stories of Getting Away (2002) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Wet Parade (1931) — Translator, some editions — 16 copies
La Littérature démolie (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 12 copies
Deutsche Erzählungen / German Stories III (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Canetti, Elias
Legal name
Canetti, Elias
Birthdate
1905-07-05
Date of death
1994-08-14
Burial location
Fluntern Cemetery, Zurich, Switzerland
Gender
male
Nationality
UK (naturalized 1952)
Bulgaria (birth)
Country (for map)
Bulgarije
Birthplace
Ruse, Bulgaria
Roetsjoek/Rustschuk, Bulgaria
Place of death
Zürich, Switzerland
Places of residence
Vienna, Austria
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Manchester, England, UK
Berlin, Germany
Education
University of Vienna (Ph.D | 1929)
Occupations
novelist
playwright
essayist
Sociologist
Relationships
Canetti, Veza (wife)
Organizations
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary, Literature, 1984)
Awards and honors
Georg Büchner Preis (1972)
Nobel Prize (Literature ∙ 1981)
Literaturpreis der Stadt Wien (1966)
Short biography
Elias Canetti was born in Bulgaria to a Jewish family. The family moved to Britain in 1911; to Vienna the following year; to Zürich in 1916; and then (until 1924) to Frankfurt, where Canetti graduated from high school. He learned to speak Ladino (his native language), Bulgarian, English, German, and French. In 1938, a few days after Kristallnacht, Canetti and his wife Veza escaped to London, where they received British citizenship in 1952. Veza died in 1963, and for his last 20 years, Canetti mostly lived in Zürich. Nearly all his writings were in German. Canetti won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.

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So viele sanfte Worte, so eindringlich und doch so zurückhaltend. Canetti weiß, wie er eseine Leser in den Bann zieht. Liest man "Die Stimmen von Marrakesch" glaubt man diese Stimmen zu hören, die Gerüche der Stadt zu riechen und zu schmecken.
Ein traumhaft schönes Buch einer Reise ins Unbekannte.
 
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RoXXieSiXX | 16 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
A comprehensive compendium of works written by the Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti.

Many years ago, I read his novel, Auto-de-fe, which I remember in a dreamlike fashion. I also have the two volumes of his trilogy autobiography, still unread. All of these are excerpted in this book as edited by the novelist Joshua Cohen.

Canetti grew up in an extended Sephardic Jewish family in Bulgaria and then Manchester, England where his father died when Elias was 7 years old. He went on to lead a life among the great Eastern European writers: Kafka, Kraus, Broch, Musil, and an affair with Iris Murdoch. He is also best known for a mammoth treatise entitled, Crowds and Power, which is excerpted and still quite relevant to the times we live in.

I especially liked the essay, the Profession of the Poet", which is included in its entirety. A sample from this piece follows:

“the actual task of the poet… to keep open the doors between people-himself and others. He must be capable of becoming everyone: the smallest, the most naïve, the most powerless. But this desire to experience others from within can never be determined by the goals that compose what we call normal or official lives. This desire would have to be completely free from any hope of success or achievement; it would have to constitute its own desire; the desire for metamorphosis.” (from the essay “The Profession of the Poet”)

This is an excellent sourcebook for anyone interested in learning more about this unique writer.
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berthirsch | Oct 21, 2022 |
„A túlélés pillanata hatalompillanat”

Mert az igazi győzelem: túlélni. Egyedül maradni, ott állni ellenségeink és szövetségeseink teteme fölött, arra gondolva, mi bezzeg megmaradtunk. Senki más, csak mi. Milliók és milliók porladó csontjain tapodunk, de minket csak megérintett a pusztulás, nem tepert le. Persze innen nézve a győzelem a legmagányosabb dolog a világon – erről talán a zsarnokok tudnának leginkább mesélni. Egyetlen kiút, ha találunk valami nőnemű egyedet, hogy magvunk ne szakadjon, és általa személyes, egyéni túlélésünk átváltozik egy új törzs születésévé.

Kérdezzünk meg a témáról pár szakértőt.

DRAKULA GRÓF
„Hm. Túlélni. Kicsit unalmas. Majdnem hatszáz éve vagyok itt, nem is számolom, hány koporsó korhadt ki alólam. A barátok kihalnak az ember mellől, egyrészt mert megeszed őket, meg amúgy is. Minden változik körülöttem, mire megszokom az egyik divatirányzatot, már jön is a másik. Mire megtanulom, hogy kezeljük a kazettás magnót, elavul. Mire megértem a mai fiatalokat, már megvénültek. Csak én maradok folyton ugyanolyan.”

És mit szól mindehhez JÉZUS?
„Nem is tudom. Szerintem nem ilyesmit tanítottam. A halál is lehet győzelem. A túlélés pedig a vereség. Az utóbbi gyakran azt jelenti, hogy megalkudtunk a körülményekkel, alávetettük magunkat azoknak, előbbi pedig diadalmas egyesülés az Úr akaratával. Kérdezzék meg a mártírokat, ha nem hisznek nekem. Vagy vegyünk engem. Hagytam magam felfeszíteni, a bűneitekért, ami azért valamilyen kontextusban győzelem, nem igaz? Jó, harmadnapra feltámadtam, megvolt hozzá a protekcióm, szóval nem vállaltam kockázatot, mondhatnátok erre. De azt hiszem, ettől függetlenül az életbe kapaszkodni, harcolni az elkerülhetetlen ellen nem annyira üdvözítő. Az elfogadás, ha nem is királyi út, de közelebb vihet a harmóniához. Azt hiszem, Buddha is egyetértene velem.”

Talán mégis az a legjobb, ha a halhatatlanság klasszikus útjait választjuk. Megírjuk a IX. szimfóniát. A Bűn és bűnhődést. Zenekart alapítunk Beatles néven. Ilyenek. Ez viszonylag megvalósíthatónak tűnni. Én nem szeretnék mindenkit túlélni.
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Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
Another intellectual book by a so-called great writer and thinker. One of those books where nobody says or behaves like a real person would in a given situation. A waste of time.
 
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