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Dünya edebiyatının başyapıtlarından biri olduğu tartışmasız kabul edilen Körleşme, Almanya'da edebiyatın, politikanın kirli gölgeleri altında yitip gitmeye yüz tuttuğu bir dönemde yazılmıştır. Ancak, Elias Canetti kurguladığı zaman ve mekân, kullandığı dil ve üslup, karakterlerindeki soyutlamanın isabetliliği ve bunları aktarmadaki başarısı sayesinde sınırları aşmış, evren ...more
Paperback, 565 pages
Published 2014 by Sel Yayıncılık (first published 1935)
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This is the world as we know it - crazy as can be!

It strikes me as strange that the English and German titles for this masterpiece are so different, and yet so fitting. Canetti, bilingual, multifaceted, a master of wordplay, must have delighted in the ambiguity. "Die Blendung", the German title, means "Deception", "Blinding"or "Delusion", whereas Auto-da-Fé, act of faith, refers to the horrible crimes of religious fanatics during the Inquisition.

What happens if you believe blindly, and violently
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-language
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The literal translation of the German title of Auto da Fe is The Blinding, or perhaps more idiomatically, The Deception. The question this latter raises is: Who is deceiving whom? The unrelenting comic irony suggests that everyone is deceiving not only everyone else, but also themselves. All the characters are mad to some degree, and Kafkaesque to the extent that they emerge out of a somewhat hostile, vaguely Eastern European world in which they are striving to survive
Luís C.
The disconnection of the world caused by the passion of knowledge. Canetti's first novel, written to exorcise his own demons.
Petal X
Two in a two days! This book was also removed from my books. It was substituted with Auto Da Fe: Cronache in Due Tempi a book in Italian. See msg 6 for the probable explanation.

This one, the Canetti one, I read years ago. It was a difficult, depressing and extremely bizarre book. Of course I loved the book because Peter Klein (the 'hero') loves books beyond all else. Kindred spirits almost (view spoiler).

The other book that mine got substitute
Stephen P
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A choice. Numberless made within the ordinary mayhem of a day. A person makes choices from the beginning to the end -scheme of their life. Peter Kien wants to spend the passing of his time, supported from the inheritance of his father's death, within the library of his own creation. Books instead of people. Facts and theories devised by those ideas argued by the greatest Sinologist in the world, himself. Life is to be defined by knowledge and study. While no one but his housekeeper sees or knows ...more
“Almost Kien was tempted to believe in happiness, that contemptible life-goal of illiterates. If it came of itself, without being hunted for, if you did not hold it fast by force and treated it with a certain condescension, it was permissible to endure its presence for a few days”
There could be nothing better than a book about someone, or a 'hero' like Peter Kien, that loves books. Moreover, Auto-da-Fé is one of Elias Canetti's masterpiece. Kien knows what he wants from life: to spend his life
Vit Babenco
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A bookseller is a king, and a king cannot be a bookseller.”
Can one carry along a huge library in one's head? The protagonist of Auto-da-Fé surely can.
And when the abstract intellect collides with the dull routine of reality both become shattered into nothingness.
This grand cynically modernistic novel easily comes among my top ten of favourites in literature.
If one’s consciousness is in conflict with reality what should be changed: one’s consciousness or reality?
“Blindness is a weapon against t
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Since you are at, you're most likely a bookworm (unless you're one of the thousands of juveniles here who pretend they like to read only to get to know people they can hook up with). But how bookworm of a bookworm are you? If you're at least the type who would feel sad leaving a bookstore without getting to buy a book, then reading this novel would, at times, be just like staring at a mirror. You can see you here.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981, Elias Canetti, a Ger
If you are 300 pages into this novel, keep reading, it gets better, much better. If you are thinking of starting this novel today, think carefully and know that you do not have my recommendation. I struggled quite a bit with this book. The three star rating is a compromise between the 1 and 2 star rating I was certain I would give this book until about page 380 (after which we are clearly in at least 4 star territory) when I finally encountered some lyricism in Canetti's prose, a likable charact ...more
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone brave enough and wanting to be profoundly disturbed
Recommended to Nate by: Dr. Goebel at the University fo Goettingen
Canetti is my god. I hung on every word he ever wrote for most of college and then some. His one novel, this book, is probably the most deeply disturbing novel I have ever set hands on. A masterpiece of modern literature, placing Canetti among the great western writers of the 20th century, this is the story of Peter Kien, the book man. Originally Cannetti set out to write a "Comedie Humaine an Irren" with this being the first installment, ala Balzac but about insane people (he lived across the s ...more
MJ Nicholls
Jul 22, 2017 marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Dropped on p.175. Mounting tedium and irritation.
Feb 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
Basically the complete opposite of what I enjoy in a novel.
But then I haven't won a Nobel Prize for Literature, have I.
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 500 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Elias Canetti (1905-1994), a Bulgarian novelist and playwright, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. He wrote several plays, a memoir in trilogy, several non-fiction works but only one novel, Auto-da-Fe. The way this is written, the term auto-da-fe must be Portuguese and it means the execution of non-believers during the Portuguese inquisition.

However, Canetti wrote the novel in German and was first published in 1935. It is set in the decaying, cosmopolitan Vienna, where the young Canetti
Lorenzo Berardi
A man loves his library.
In his opinion books are better than men.
How it can be denied reading this novel?

Auto-da-fe is like a cage: it doesn't give you any possibility of escape, it hurts you. It's like an abyss in which all that begins ironically becomes dramatic.

The thickest (4 inches) and heaviest (12.5 pounds) book in my library, Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, defines the word Auto-da-fé as follows:

the ceremony for accompanying the pronouncement of judgment by the Inquisition and followed by the execution of sentence by secular authorities; esp: the burning of a person condemned as a heretic or of writings condemned as heretical

I've been thinking for a while about this title, and compared it with the one of the o
"For what happens in that kind of book is not just a game, it is reality; one has to justify it, not only against criticism from outside but in one’s own eyes as well. Even if an immense fear has compelled one to write such things, one must still ask oneself whether in so doing one has not helped to bring about what one so vastly fears." - Elias Canetti, The Play of the Eyes

The author shakes you with the first scene in the book, one of the best openings of any novel that I've ever read. And he
High-minded reviewers will tell you that Canetti's novel is about the modern-condition, maybe even throw in that it's an indictment thereof. Slightly more pedestrian readers might say it's about the battle between our higher aspirations for learning and our baser human desires. I am here to tell you that, for most of this book's torturous and ample length, it is about hate, plain and simple. Canetti's characters have short bursts of fanatical devotion (to books and chess), and long stretches of ...more
Aug 18, 2011 marked it as abandoned-for-now  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bulgaria, german, fiction
Intolerably tedious. Could not stand reading it for the first three hundred pages. Even my patience with books has its limits.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sadists
Recommended to lisa_emily by: a sadist obviously
Shelves: 1001-books
I read this book a few years ago and while I was reading it I was thinking- why read this? I rather disliked it- reading it was torture. I understand that it being published in 1935, that it is an allegory of the irrationality and violence that overcame Europe between the two world wars. However now, the minute parade of grotesqueries is excessive. It is also perhaps the only book I know where the repulsion and malice the author has for his characters and for his work is so pulsatingly palpable. ...more
This book is bizarre. It’s like a Grimm’s fairy tale with insane characters, or a cautionary tale with a moral that’s not a moral because it’s so nihilistic. This, Canetti seems to be saying, is what happens if an intellectual dissociates from the real world and hears no voice other than his own. He becomes dogmatic and he falls victim to the venality of the ignorant. It’s sobering reading.
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It took some time for me to get through this--part of the reason is probably because I took it on vacation with me, and, really, who takes a book called Auto-de-Fé on vacation? Anyway, Canetti's style is a bit overwhelming sometimes, with the stream-of-conscious narration, but it wasn't impenetrable. No, that part seemed very realistic--his characters internalized the events happening around them and then churned them into a fantasy that most nearly correlated to their initial desires. That cert ...more
Joel Palma
Move over "The Tin Drum"! "Auto da Fé" is my new favorite "dark- bizaare- extremely funny- cruel- stupendous" kind of read masterpiece!!!

This work by Canetti which deservedly added to my "best of the best" book list, is one of the most beautifully (not to mention the haughtiest) written works of fiction I've ever read!!!

Not since reading "Ulysses" did I experience "moments of duress" reading a weighty tome... The only difference is that I gave myself a second chance to finish (and enjoy, of cour
I was attracted to Canetti by a Sontag essay I read about him a while back. It takes generously from the ideas of Hesse and, to a lesser extent, Kafka, confronting the troubles of the alienated modern man in grand, mid-century Germanic fashion. Two primary flaws: first, it drags a bit at times, especially in the middle, and second, for a novel so heavily reliant on symbol, the symbolism is a bit heavy-handed, without the grace that Dostoyevsky and Bely endow their symbolist novels. Still, I woul ...more
Gustavo Barbosa Ferreira
In this novel, Canetti discusses how the origin of most of the conflicts resides on the flaws of communication between individuals. He shows this in an allegoric manner, putting together characters so diverse that the possibility of understanding between them is virtually nule. The multiple references to classic works of literature and the inclusion of many complex themes contribute to the high quality of this excellent book.
Auto da Fé was originally published as Die Blendung in 1935 and was translated in 1946 by C.V. Wedgwood (Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood) and was translated 'under the personal supervision of the author'. A more literal translation would be, I believe, The Blinding. Auto da Fé refers to the burning of heretics by the Spanish and Portuguese inquisition. I first read this book about twenty years ago and have been meaning to re-read it for years.

The book is split into three parts: A Head Without a Wo
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The absurdity of man. A theme which has been emptied onto thousands and thousands of pages by just as many authors. And to this day, the one book I've read which has given me the most haunting and darkly humorous experience of it, is Auto-da-Fé.

This book is bizarre. At some parts, the misanthropic bibliophile and main character Peter Kien read almost like a parody of myself. This was both funny and frightening, much like the rest of the book. There is a continuous tug of war going on in the psy
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, did-not-finish
[DISCLAIMER: The two stars I'm giving this book does not reflect the quality of the work, but my experience of it. I wish there was an additional star or something, for books that you can see are good, but just does not suit your tastes.]

I could not finish it. I've been trudging through it since August, it is now December, and I've only gotten halfway. The first hundred pages I liked, and read quickly. After that however, it just got harder and harder to summon up the will to read. Every time I
I can't think of a novel that I have abandoned with a worse impression of the author. Cannetti was reportedly a royal prick, a backstabbing, misogynistic troll, and nothing in the first pages this book does anything to dispel any of it. Maybe I'll get around to it, but I doubt it - it's too unpleasant.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insane and brilliant. And of course the starting premise of an obsessive bibliophile who hires an illiterate housekeeper to watch over his collection is pure candy to a decrepit used bookseller such as myself. Although written in the '30s this still feels like cutting edge visionary fiction.
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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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