Elias Canetti





Elias Canetti


Born
in Rousse, Bulgaria
July 25, 1905

Died
August 14, 1994

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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.

Author of Auto-da-Fé, Party in the Blitz, Crowds and Power, and The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

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Auto-da-Fé

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4.05 avg rating — 3,265 ratings — published 1935 — 86 editions
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Crowds and Power

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4.15 avg rating — 979 ratings — published 1960 — 47 editions
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The Voices of Marrakesh: A ...

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3.71 avg rating — 1,116 ratings — published 1968 — 59 editions
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Die gerettete Zunge: Geschi...

4.14 avg rating — 854 ratings — published 1977 — 49 editions
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The Memoirs of Elias Canett...

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The Torch in My Ear

4.13 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 1980 — 30 editions
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Kafka's Other Trial: The Le...

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Earwitness: Fifty Characters

3.60 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 1974 — 22 editions
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Das Augenspiel. Lebensgesch...

4.08 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 1985 — 29 editions
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The Conscience of Words

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“Relearn astonishment.”
Elias Canetti

“All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.”
Elias Canetti

“There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from city to city, from country to country, carefully packed, even when there is very little room, and perhaps one leafs through them while removing them from a trunk; yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after twenty years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation. Now one knows why one made such a fuss about it. It had to be with one for a long time; it had to travel; it had to occupy space; it had to be a burden; and now it has reached the goal of its voyage, now it reveals itself, now it illuminates the twenty bygone years it mutely lived with one. It could not say so much if it had not been there mutely the whole time, and what idiot would dare to assert that the same things had always been in it.”
Elias Canetti, The Human Province

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