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The Bulgarian-born student and writer Elias Canetti (1905-1994) used to be essentially the most astute witnesses and analysts of the mass hobbies and wars of the 1st half the 20 th century. Born a Sephardic Jew and raised within the Bulgarian and Ladino languages, he selected to jot down in German, determining as he did with eu literary and highbrow traditions. He was once presented the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature for his oeuvre, together with dramas, essays, diaries, aphorisms, the unconventional Die Blendung (Auto-da-Fé), a three-volume autobiography, and the vast interdisciplinary treatise Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power). those writings, such a lot significantly Masse und Macht, show Canetti's thought-provoking principles on tradition and the human psyche with distinctive specialize in the phenomena of energy, clash, and survival. Canetti's masterful prose, his linguistic concepts, his remarkable satires and conceits proceed to fascinate students and common readers alike, and his intellectually demanding, genre-bending writings merge concept and literature, essay and diary access. His philosophical and anthropological works are profoundly encouraged via literature, whereas his literary texts are educated through his conception. The better half to the Works of Elias Canetti comprises unique essays via well known foreign students operating on the vanguard of Canetti feedback. They research the writings of this striking author and philosopher within the context of pre- and post-fascist Europe, supplying a accomplished scholarly creation to Canetti. The essays contain targeted interpretations of person texts in addition to accomplished thematic and theoretical reviews dedicated to Canetti's paintings as a part of the Western philosophical and important tradition.

Table of Contents
Canetti’s central Works

Abbreviations of Works usually mentioned

Introduction - Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

William Collins Donahue - goodbye to All That: Elias Canetti’s Obituaries

Anne Fuchs - “The Deeper Nature of My German”: mom Tongue, Subjectivity, and the Voice of the opposite in Elias Canetti’s Autobiography

Hans Reiss - Elias Canetti’s angle to Writers and Writings

Julian Preece - Canetti and the query of style

Wolfgang Mieder - “The Faultiest Expressions Have the best Attraction”: Elias Canetti’s Proverbial Aphorisms

Sigurd Paul Scheichl - Canetti’s Aufzeichnungen

Helga Kraft - Staging a Critique of Modernism: Elias Canetti’s Plays

Harriet Murphy - “Gute Reisende sind herzlos”: Canetti in Marrakesh

Irene Stocksieker Di Maio - house in Elias Canetti’s Autobiographical Trilogy

Ritchie Robertson - Canetti and Nietzsche: An advent to Masse und Macht

Johannes G. Pankau - photos of female and male in Canetti’s Fictional, Autobiographical, and Theoretical paintings

Dagmar C. G. Lorenz - Canetti’s ultimate Frontier: The Animal

Svoboda Alexandra Dimitrova and Penka Angelova - Canetti, Roustchouk, and Bulgaria: The impression of beginning on Canetti’s paintings

Michael Mack - Elias Canetti’s reaction to the Shoah: Masse und Macht

Works brought up 313

Notes at the individuals 333

Index 337

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In- GOOD-BYE TO ALL THAT: CANETTI’S OBITUARIES E 31 deed this dizzying absence has been identified as the central absence, as the insanity of life hidden beneath a credible and conciliatory gesture of dissimulation that attempts to assure us that everything is all right. Like every book of real substance, Canetti’s autobiography must be read with both fascination and suspicion; it must be examined for what it says and also for what it does not say. In a splendid passage from The Torch in My Ear Canetti remarks that in the face of reality we all resemble Samson, blinded and shattered, as he looks upon the world for the last time, a world that is fading and sinking.

Foregrounding central intellectual issues of the early to mid-twentieth century, they analyze Canetti’s contribution to the culture of the Occident and discuss him in the context of Western discourse. In his essay “Canetti and Nietzsche: An Introduction to Masse und Macht,” Ritchie Robertson explores Masse und Macht in light of Nietzsche’s philosophy, placing Canetti into the tradition leading from Darwinism to naturalism and, via Nietzsche and Freud, to contemporary sociobiological literature.

My lack of distance, at least in the early drafts, caused me to sacrifice critical nuance for what now appears to be an obviously misguided notion of loyalty. From today’s perspective this attitude may seem exceedingly slavish, but it was not perceived so at the time. Recall that the first monograph on Die Blendung — Dieter Dissinger’s Vereinzelung und Massenwahn of 197119 — opens with the author’s proud declamatory preface title “Statt eines Vorworts,” which introduces a letter from Canetti that praises the book in some detail.

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