Elias Canetti · Paperback Auto Da Fé is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive sinologist living in Germany between the wars. Auto-da-Fé, novel by Elias Canetti, published in in German as Die Blendung (“The Deception”). It was also published in English as The Tower of Babel. Auto da Fé was originally published as Die Blendung in and was translated in by C.V. Wedgwood (Dame Cicely Veronica.

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Jonathan Spence observes that “there is nothing discreet, chaste, or high minded about the finest and wildest of all fictions that centre on a student of China, Canetti’s Auto-da-fe. Email required Address never made public.

These may be the words of an old fool living in a modern time and ignorant of the world of He can only pay attention to a conversation when the words “book” or “books” are mentioned. She tore and wrenched at the desk. Language became an art of magic and a key to power — one language in particular.

Tabula Rasa let the poets cry themselves to sleep. The final portions of this novel assure that Canetti had the powers of a supreme writing.

Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti

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COM in 30 languages. It is set in the decaying, cosmopolitan Vienna, where the young Canetti himself studied in the s, before the WWII when he had to flee the Nazis and live in France and England. Intermittencies of the Mind. That’s why they built it.


But you would have to invest a proper amount of time ef capture the content in all of its fullness and to interpret it. Tony’s Reading List Too lazy to be a writer – Too egotistical to be quiet. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era.

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She shows interest in learning, and he begrudgingly lends her the most beat up book in his collection, believing she would defile the nicer editions. The point is that for this reader I see Peter Kein differently, despite eoias of this eliaz in the text, at different times.

Peter Kien, the central figure, is a pseudo-academic recluse whose self-identity is defined as the precise opposite of his canegti George. For the first two thirds of this book Cannetti wrote about in a sparse prose style about odd and delusional characters in rather mundane domestic situations. He would have sung in the same key, had his voice, like his mood, been at his command. Years later, his mother told him what had really happened when his father died.

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When he goes out for walks, he find bookstores the only places worth visiting.

Without advice or consultation Peter marries his housekeeper. Beneath it all, an unquestioned assignation of what is substituted for value. The other book that mine got substituted for?

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Delusional, he fluctuates between horrifying hallucinations and an unspeakable reality. In his opinion books are better than men.


A purely intellectual scholar tries to withdraw from the outside world and live auuto peace with his erudition and library routines A Head Without A World.

May not a man see the skies before nightfall, see their accursed colour? However, understanding the sentences put together in paragraphs is the challenge. He lives frugally except when it comes to acquiring books.


If you don’t say thank-you, you give the show away and your clients smell a rat. This was indeed an apprenticeship in power, its infliction and reception. Much that has been written about this book has rightfully focused on its theme of totalitarianism. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Many times, I had to read again and throw in my interpretations to follow the thoughts of the characters.

We use cookies to improve our service for you. The worst kind, an extremist book lover. I’ve got something much better here. November 24, at He won a Noble prize in literature. This grand cynically modernistic novel easily comes among my top ten of favourites in literature. Nov 25, Nate rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Un romanzo che mette in luce le nostre piccole, grandi manie, le nostre idiosincrasie, la nostra bramosia, il nostro sapere, la nostra cultura, ma anche i nostri limiti, che, a volte, sono insormontabili.

It is but the stealth and passions of conflicting illusions fighting out their separate dramas to maintain a comfort of denial and diversion. Kien takes the only route open to him and impersonates a stone statue.