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

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This is the first volume of Elias Canetti's autobiography. It provides a searching portrait of Canetti's personal background and creative development as it presents the events, personalities and intellectual forces that shaped the growth of this artist as a young man during his early years in Bulgaria, Manchester, Zurich and Vienna.
Paperback, 329 pages
Published 2000 by Fischer (first published 1977)
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Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Αυτός ο συγγραφέας έχει έναν πολύ ιδιαίτερο τρόπο να διηγείται τη ζωή του. Θα ήθελα να μάθαινα περισσότερα για τη μέθοδό του. Δεν είναι απλώς ξερές αναμνήσεις, αναπλάθει λογοτεχνικά - μυθιστορηματικά - όλες τις βιωμένες καταστάσεις, τις αναλύει συχνά και τις ερμηνεύει και μέσα από αυτές αυτοσυστήνεται και αυτοαποκαλύπτεται. Δεν αποκρύπτει τίποτα, αλλά είναι εμφανής η υποκειμενική του ματιά επάνω στα πράγματα. Όλα τα φιλτράρει μέσα από τον ίδιο.

Όσα διαβάζουμε και μαθαίνουμε καταλήγουν στο τέλος
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arcobaleno
Giovanni Segantini
 – Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi – 1
Giovanni Segantini, Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi (1891)*

Uno dei più bei romanzi che abbia letto. Mi ha fatto riscoprire il piacere della lettura che da qualche mese languiva: davo la colpa al caldo, alle distrazioni estive di vario genere, alla stanchezza mia... invece no: la causa stava proprio nella qualità della lettura. Perché "La lingua salvata" mi ha inaspettatamente assorbito in modo assoluto e io ne ho gustato ogni pagina.
Pacato e obiettivo, lucido e umile nelle interpretazioni, semplice nel
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Io?
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, german
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.
S©aP
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha toccato molte corde segrete, questo libro. Ha scavato con minuzia e pazienza da archeologo, in me lettore. Ha riportato alla luce tenerezze sepolte. Risvegliato meraviglie. Ne ho adorato il ritmo e la consistenza; la ricchezza lessicale e l'asciuttezza degli aggettivi; la sapienza disarmata, «... priva di altezzosità». Mi hanno stupito la limpidezza del ragionamento e la felicità della scrittura, fluida, mai compiaciuta. Il tempo narrativo è teso, misurato, non si abbandona al vagheggiamento, ...more
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
Morena
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"L'impulso di rivolgermi alle stelle, così irraggiungibili e intoccabili, cominciò, credo, proprio allora, e crebbe negli anni successivi fino a transformasi in una religione, la religione delle stelle. Non mi aspettavo nulla dalle stelle, all'infuori della regola del perpetuo ritorno nello stesso luogo, in un rapporto immutato e immutabile con altre stelle con le quali formavano costellazioni dai nomi meravigliosi."
Melania 🍒
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,8/5
Mi-a fost tare greu sa “ intru “ in cartea asta. După prima jumătate am vrut de mai multe ori sa renunț la ea. Traducerea am găsit-o ca fiind ciudata , copilărească , iar vocea scriitorului nu-mi inspira nimic . Era o povara sa încep sa citesc.
Dar încetul cu încetul povestirea a început sa fie mai fluida. Cu cât micul Canetti creștea, cu atât îmi era mai drag sa citesc despre el , despre setea lui fantastica de cunoaștere , despre figura titanica a mamei, despre prietenii si profesorii lui
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Marija
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Out of four books that I needed to read for my German class, this one was my favorite. This autobiography tells the story of a Jewish boy and his life up until 1920. He tells us about his relationship with his parents, his time in school and his love for learning.

I love how it is told. Only the events that shaped the boys life are emphasised. There is something special about this book that made me like it so much. Maybe it's the love for literature that he showed early on in his life or his lif
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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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Cloudbuster
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La lingua salvata è la prima parte dell'autobiografia di Elias Canetti e copre gli anni che vanno dalla sua nascita ai sedici anni.

Il libro è scritto in maniera magistrale ma c'è qualcosa in questa storia che mi disturba. I primi capitoli raccontano della vita spensierata nella nativa Bulgaria e della rottura con questo mondo operata dai genitori che trasferiscono la famiglia in Inghilterra per sfuggire all'ingombrante influenza del nonno. I genitori di Elias hanno entrambi una forte passione p
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Lysergius
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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
M. Sarki
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jonathan
The Tongue Set Free begins in 1905 with Canetti's earliest memory.
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, open
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James
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Alfred
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
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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Zöe Yu
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german
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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Johannes
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suisse
Faszinierend in der Schilderung eines einzigartigen Herkommens: Da "Mitteleuropa" und noch viel mehr längst untergegangen ist, ist Canetti sicherlich leider der einzige in Bulgarien geborene sepharidische Jude mit türkischem Pass, spanischer Muttersprache, englischer Bildung und deutscher Kultur, von dem ich auf lange Sicht lesen werde. Canettis Großvater gibt an, 17 Sprachen zu sprechen, der an Karl Kraus geschulte Enkel meckert: alle nur fehlerhaft. Er muss es ja wissen.
Für den Traditionalist
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Elalma
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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...
e http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96...
Z Bloom
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Piet Michael
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Der erste Teil der Autobiografie eines multikulturellen Kindes und ein schön lesbarer Roman zugleich.
Brian Burciaga
Oct 08, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: shelf
Elias Canetti's childhood memoirs. Working on my German...
Speranza
A vivid, eloquent and well-written account of a nomadic, rather privileged childhood, told by a narrator smug, snobbish and self-righteous to the point of nausea.
Gerard Flens
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na Het Martyrium, het beste boek dat ik dit jaar heb gelezen, wilde ik dolgraag meer lezen van deze wonderbaarlijke schrijver. Het meest voor de hand liggend was zijn volgende meesterwerk Massa en Macht, maar ik voelde me nog niet klaar voor deze imponerende studie waar 20 jaar aan gewerkt is en waarmee de Nobelprijs voor de Literatuur grotendeels is verdiend. Ik kwam daardoor uit bij zijn hoog aangeschreven autobiografie, daar Elias Canetti geen andere romans meer heeft geschreven na zijn eerst ...more
Adrian Găinaru
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Limba salvata, cu subtitlul sau Istoria unei tinereti, este un roman amplu scris de un laureat al premiului Nobel pentru literatura cu o prodigioasa cariera cultural-artistica si stiintifica. Numele sau, Elias Canetti, fiul cel mai mare al parintilor sai, descendentii ramurii sefardite a evreilor europeni din doua familii, Arditti – mama autorului si Canetti – tatal acestuia cu o interesanta istorie ce are-n prim-plan ca numitor comun exodul constant. In b
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Lupo
Straordinaria, in tutti i sensi, storia dell'infanzia di Canetti.
E' incredibile come il tedesco, imparato a forza per volontà materna, anche se poi strutturato nella successiva permanenza a Vienna, diventi per Canetti la lingua della scrittura. Il tedesco è la quarta lingua imparata da Canetti, dopo Spaniolo (la lingua degli ebrei sefarditi della Bulgaria), il bulgaro e l'inglese, prima lingua imparata nelle migrazioni infantili. Canetti afferma che, avendo imparato il tedesco su testi letterar
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Maurizio Manco
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Allora non sapevo ancora che cosa è la vastità, eppure lo intuivo: il poter contenere in sé moltissime cose, anche tra loro contraddittorie, sapere che tutto ciò che sembra inconciliabile sussiste tuttavia in un suo ambito, e questo sentirlo senza perdersi nella paura, e anzi sapendo che bisogna chiamarlo col suo nome e meditarci sopra: ecco la cosa che proprio da mia madre ho imparato, ed è la vera gloria della natura umana." (p. 225)
Haymone Neto
Relato autobiográfico do autor da infância na Bulgária à adolescência na Suíça. A personagem mais importante é a mãe, ao mesmo tempo tirana e brilhante. A prosa de Canetti é virtuosa, e as experiências e o momento histórico que ele conta são fascinantes. Apesar disso, as referências e em especial a presença absoluta da figura materna às vezes tornam a leitura enfadonha.
Habemus_apicellam
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europei
Elias, bambino figlio dell'Europa...

Canetti racconta i suoi primi sedici anni, segnati dal suo peregrinare per l'Europa (Rustschuk, Bulgaria; Manchester; Losanna; Vienna; Zurigo) e ci racconta anche indirettamente la storia europea dalla Belle Epoque al Grande Massacro. Quasi glaciale nel descrivere il suo trauma infantile (la morte del padre) e nel scavare a fondo dentro il rapporto complesso e di interdipendenza con la madre, Canetti parla con voce chiara, tagliente, senza ambiguità nel desc
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Liedzeit
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
In spanischer Kolonie auf Balkan aufgewachsen.
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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
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“Border crossings in the Balkans, where bitter wars have been waged, were not regarded as pleasurable; in many places, they weren't even possible, and one avoided them. But, while riding in the droshky and later, when we dismounted, we saw the most luxuriant orchards and vegetable gardens, dark-violet eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, gigantic pumpkins and melons; I couldn't get over my amazement at all the different things that grew here. "That's what it's like here", said Mother, "a blessed land. And it's a civilized land, no one should be ashamed of being born here.” 5 likes
“At home in the nursery, I usually played alone. Actually, I seldom played, I spoke to the wallpaper. The many dark circles in the pattern of the wallpaper seemed like people to me. I made up stories in which they appeared, either I told them the stories or they played with me, I never got tired of the wallpaper people and I could talk to them for hours.” 1 likes
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