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Die gerettete Zunge: Geschichte einer Jugend (The Memoir Trilogy #1)

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Elias Canettis Die gerettete Zunge erzählt die "Geschichte einer Jugend" und ist der Auftaktband zu seiner Autobiographie, die er mit Die Fackel im Ohr und Das Augenspiel fortsetzte, ein einmaliges Panorama vom Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts entwerfend. Seine frühe Kindheit verbringt Canetti in der kleinen, in seiner Farbigkeit fast orientalisch anmutenden bulgarischen Stadt ...more
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Published 2000 by Fischer (first published 1977)
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Io?
Ci son romanzi o poesie che senti tuoi, altri invece no, per cui non provi nemmeno compassione. La lingua salvata appartiene alla prima categoria, il suo battito segue lo stesso ritmo del mio cuore, all'unisono pulsano di vita. Nonostante tutto. E che battito! Il battito potente della cultura viva, una fame famelica di Sapere, capace di travolgere qualsiasi barriera spaziale e temporale. Capace di dare un senso alla vita. Alla nostra vita.
Francesco Fantuzzi
Non avrei mai immaginato che un anziano scrittore che scrive dei primi anni della propria esistenza mi potesse entusiasmare a tal punto. Un'autobiografia? No: o meglio non semplicemente. In queste pagine si può trovare molto di più, e non sarà troppo disagevole riconoscere nei tanti personaggi e nelle tante abitudini, idiosincrasie, esperienze esistenziali, anche sé stessi. Un libro formidabile, perché il sig. Canetti è riuscito ad insegnare tante cose ad ognuno di noi lettori, al di là di una s ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
The die has been cast upon reading Gregor von Rezzori's 'The Snow of Yesteryear'.

Struck by the literary spell of that excellent specimen of Central European memoirs, I decided it was just the right time to go ahead along the same golden vein.
Thus, I picked 'The Tongue Set Free' up. This is the first volume of Elias Canetti's monumental autobiography and, probably, the one I'm going to like the most. I will explain you why in a minute.

To a superficial reader, Canetti and von Rezzori have much in
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Zöe Yu
I knew Elias Canetti from Susan Sontag. He is as passionate as Sontag was. I thought he might have a name of Italian, but it is spanish. I am so amazed by the multi-lingua environment he lived in. And his mother and father should be the essential step for him leading to the Nobel Prize.

Surprised to know Schweiz has such a profound influence on him. But now I know that no personal respect to any king leads Schweiz to a neutral country perfecktly.

His mother's opinion on WAR is very much impressi
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M. Sarki
The first of three memoirs covering the life of Elias Canetti. So wonderfully written, much more superb than the writing of Vladimir Nabokov and his Speak, Memory. Typically, childhood memories are not my cup of tea but Canetti kept me engaged and extremely interested in what he had to say.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Questo (e gli altri due volumi dell'autobiografia*) sono una delle più belle rappresentazioni del cosmopolitismo e di uno sradicamento che diventa posizione privilegiata da cui osservare e comprendere la realtà.
* Cfr http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96...
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James
"My earliest memory is dipped in red. I come out of a door on the arm of a maid, the floor in front of me is red, and to the left a staircase goes down, equally red. Across from us, at the same height, a door opens, and a smiling man steps forth, walking towards me in a friendly way. He steps right up close to me, halts, and says: "Show me your tongue." I stick out my tongue, he reaches into his pocket, pulls out a jackknife, opens it, and brings the blade all the way to my tongue. He says: "Now ...more
Elalma
Definirei questa autobiografia quasi una storia della lingua materna, nel senso letterale del termine. Qual � la lingua "materna"? Qella imparata nella prima infanzia? Quella degli affetti? Quella dei genitori? Gad Lerner afferma in Scintille che chi parla tante lingue alla fine non ne conosce bene nessuna, ma a me pare che il fanciullo Canetti, perfettamente rispondente alle dure aspettative materne, abbia fatto del tedesco la "lingua madre". Ma quello che conquista � anche l'amore della conosc ...more
Alfred
First of all, I have read this book in Finnish. This is the only edition Goodreads presented to me that didn't treat the entire trilogy as a single book.

I picked up the first two books in Canetti's autobiographic trilogy in a used book store for a single euro each. Having read the first I consider them great finds. Canetti's writing style is funny and interesting and he doesn't shy away from describing his low points, like when as a child he tried to kill his friend. But what I found more intere
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Piet Michael
Der erste Teil der Autobiografie eines multikulturellen Kindes und ein schön lesbarer Roman zugleich.
Brian Burciaga
May 08, 2013 Brian Burciaga marked it as to-read
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Elias Canetti's childhood memoirs. Working on my German...
Lysergius
The Tongue Set Free is a beautifully written memoir. It opens with an extraordinary image, Canetti's earliest memory. A man makes him stick out his tongue; if he talks he will cut it off. Years later Canetti realises that this was his nursemaid's lover, frightening him into silence about their rendezvous. The idea of speaking as the entry into forbidden grown-up life dominates this book. When he is seven his father dies. He is propelled from childhood into adulthood, from his father to his mothe ...more
Mariele
Oh well. I know Elias Canetti is a famous philosopher, Nobel Prize winner, etc. This was my first book written by him, and it is probably the worst book in his body of work to start with. Yes, he lived in troubled times, and his family background was very colourful, and his family moved a lot, and he grew up with four languages, etc. But the book didn't cover a lot of the times he lived in. He was a boy during WWI, and even though it has some details about anti-semitism, or the different sets of ...more
Tom
A remarkable biography by a very interesting man. Having never read Canetti, I wasn't expecting much in terms of enchantment, but I have to say I was really charmed by Die gerettete Zunge: Geschichte einer Jugend, the first part of his autobiographical trilogy.

Perhaps it is the fact that Canetti is talking about his early childhood and teenage years that makes this book so fascinating. I, for one, can hardly remember what I did when I was six of seven years old. That is why I was so amazed by t
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Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Se trata del primer volumen de memorias de Elías Canetti que abarca desde 1905 a 1921, se pueden apreciar las lecturas y los hechos que fueron formando al autor de Masas y Poder, la muerte del padre, la particular relación con la madre, las diferencias familiares. Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: Ella me abrió todas las puertas del espíritu y yo la seguía a ciegas y entusiasmado. Los peores son los que se entregan más dócilmente al dinero. Su sonrisa, el primer refugio de mi vida. Nunca m ...more
Екатерина
Първата книга, която чета от Канети.
Вярно - автобиографична, а не художествена, но дава представа за стила и капацитета на автора. Според "Уикипедия" България има един Нобелов лауреат и това няма кой да е друг освен роденият в Русе Канети, но ние си знаем доколко е наш писател, при положение, че почти целия си живот е живял в Швейцария и Англия и е писал на немски език. Както и да е, но книгата започва именно с детството му в Русчук - една пъстра и интересна картина на живота в дунавския град о
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Núria
'La lengua salvada' al final también ha resultado bastante decepcionante. Es la primera parte de la autobiografía de Elias Canetti. Cuenta sus primeros años en Bulgaria, como luego toda la familia se mudó a Manchester, como después de la muerte del padre se establecieron en Viena, y luego en Zurich. Es básicamente una obra que habla de aprender y del deseo incontenible de aprenderlo absolutamente todo. Al principio la cosa empieza muy bien, pero al final se vuelve repetitiva, con tanta descripci ...more
Bookaholic
Cu subtitlul ”Istoria unei tinereți”, Limba salvată este prima parte din trilogia autobiografică a scriitorului multinațional Elias Canetti, care povestește cu lux de amănunte copilăria sa, până spre anii liceului. Volumul este o reeditare, apărut în noua colecție Biblioteca pentru toți, editura Art, seria Nobel. Probabil îi vor urma și celelalte două volume, Facla în ureche și Jocul privirilor, acoperind amintirile autorului până în 1931.

Am spus că Elias Canetti ar fi multinațional – asta pentr
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Jacques
Canetti vertelt op een meesterlijke wijze over zijn jeugdjaren (van 1905 tot 1921). Over verhuizen van Bulgarije naar Manchester, Zürich, Wenen... De dood van zijn vader, de vloek van zijn grootvader, de relatie met zijn moeder en hun gesprekken over internationale literatuur. Over (het leren van) talen: Bulgaars, Engels, Spaans, Frans, Duits. Over zijn familie, de Groote Oorlog, Jodenhaat, de zwakke gezondheid van zijn moeder. Ten slotte wordt hij door zijn moeder weggehaald uit 'het gemakkelij ...more
Zooey Bloom
Добре, че не му е заминал езикът!
Тази книга е изговорена, не е писана на ръка. Не може да е писана на ръка.
И макар че немският му е наложеният интимен език, на който познава себе си и навлиза в орбитата на майка си, българският превод звучи също толкова добре.
Ida-Maria
En ole aiemmin lukenut Canettilta mitään, joten elämänkerrasta aloittaminen ei ole ehkä paras vaihtoehto tai sitten se on juuri sitä. Kirja käsitteli vain lapsuutta ja nuoruutta, mutta sellaisella tarkkaavaisella analyysillä, että paikoin jäin miettimään voiko tämä kaikki olla näin. Kirjan ensimmäisessä luvussa noustiin draaman kaareen huipulle ja loppukirja oli odotusta siitä koska jotain vastaavaa tapahtuu. Lopulta tuntui jopa siltä, että retostellaanko nyt kirjailijan lukukokemuksille. Kirjas ...more
Tim Smith
The fluid boundary between individuals and types is a true concern of the real writer.
Casper
Er is iets gekanteld. Jarenlang beschouwde ik het woord autobiografisch als iets negatiefs. Nog steeds heb ik meer bewondering voor auteurs die een verhaal compleet verzinnen. Je toevlucht nemen tot je eigen leven voelt als een zwaktebod. Niet genoeg fantasie voor een verzonnen verhaal, dan maar putten uit de eigen biografie, afgezaagd natuurlijk. In mijn afkeer van autobiografische romans heb ik alles op één hoop gegooid en me er vervolgens van afgewend. Dit draai ik nu terug. Lees verder
Anna
Very good autobiographical book. Author concentrated on languages and relations in his family. Born in family of Spanish Jews in small town in Bulgaria, which was multicultural and multilingual. By the age of twelve author spoke at least 4 languages (Ladino, Bulgarian, English and German). He showed the atmosphere of his family house in Rousse, than Manchester and Vienna and til 1924 Zurich and Frankfurt. And in 1924 Canetti came back to Vienna to study chemistry at University of Vienna.
arcobaleno
Aug 06, 2014 arcobaleno marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Consigliato da Carla, sotto un ombrellone a Gabicce.
Dustyn Hessie
No strong impressions on this one. But, I can see myself getting enveloped in his college memoirs. I disliked the punctuation (something I am not too picky about unless the flow is jumpy due to the writers/translators odd conventions). I guess the background in here will serve as a nice transition into his next memoir, so I don't feel as though I had wasted time on this one.

Brenda I.
< Fue toda una lección: uno podía hacer algo muy especial y no estar engreído por ello.>

No se que me paso, Casi tres meses con un solo libro. Pero es hermoso es casi como un diario de Canetti. Casi todo su vida plasmada en un libro. Absolutamente brillante.
Linse Daugaard
Fantastisk erindringer fra nobelpristageren Elias Canettis hånd. Se mere på bloggen http://bogstavsamleren.blogspot.dk/20...
incipit mania
Aug 02, 2013 incipit mania marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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frisco morisco
La vastità dell'abbracciare idee contraddittorie; la consapevolezza che aprirsi al mondo non significa restare ciechi alle cose più vicine.
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Awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power."

He studied in Vienna. Before World War II he moved with his wife Veza to England and stayed there for long time. Since late 1960s he lived in London and Zurich. In late 1980s he started to live in Zurich permanently. He died in 1994 in Zurich.

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