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Party in the Blitz

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Elias Canetti originally intended Party in the Blitz to capture an image of his time in post-war London. Well known throughout Europe, Canetti scorned British intellectuals who weren’t familiar with his work. By force of will alone he accumulated English followers, but not before being christened “the godmonster of Hampstead.” Canetti’s memories of various people in his so...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by New Directions (first published 2003)
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The book is a page-turner. Elias Canetti wrote about those years he had spent in Great Britain during World War II and just after it. He brought whole gallery of people he had met in London and towns where he lived in after he had to leave London cause of Luftwaffe bombings.
Non se lo meritava Canetti, che gli facessero questo scherzo. E chi l'ha amato non dovrebbe leggere questo libro: perché non ne ha bisogno, Canetti ci ha già lasciato tutto quello che avremmo dovuto sapere, e perché, forse, lo amerebbe un po' di meno.
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Frank Dahai
Canetti was an egoist, but he has come stories to tell. I loved the old-London atmosphere that pervades it. The tale of the Scottish Laird and his wife and their Parisian dresses is worth the price alone.
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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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