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Auto-da-Fe by Elias Canetti

Auto-da-Fe (1935)

by Elias Canetti

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one as to remenber the book was written in 1935 in the time of "the beast"...As I understand it humans seems all mad, some less, some more, their relation and communication difficult if not impossible. Cannetti built a powerfull story, violent, where reason is in danger... ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
(Ceduto) Senza dubbio, scrivere un libro cosi' a neppure 30 anni è azione immortale. Ma che quello scritto abbia ora, a distanza di 80 anni dalla sua stesura, una qualche attinenza con gli interessi, le dinamiche, il senso dell'esperienza di questi tempi infami, è dire una falsità. I personaggi (almeno, fino a 1/3 del libro) sono puramente letterari, impossibili da figurarseli reali - a meno che non si stia parlando di una opera di Ionesco. Hans Castorp è vivo, Kien lo è solo su carta, e non è neppure molto interessante - per non dire di Therese, i cui deliri sono assai noiosi.Sia chiaro, non sarei in grado di scrivere una sola riga come l'ha scritta C. Pero' anche 500 e passa pagine di letteratura 'surrealista' dopo un po' stuccano. Magari migliora - anzi, senza dubbio.
Magari lo scoprirò tra qualche tempo. ***
PS: per non essere disprezzati, bisogna pero' dire che il libro è molto bello e profondo, assai complesso e altrettanto sottovalutato. Un capolavoro della letteratura tedesca, premonitore dell'autodistruzione della ragione occidentale. Inarrivabile.
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
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 |
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Elias Canettiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamelink, JacquesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wedgwood, C.V.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zagari, BiancaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zagari, LucianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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