Library JournalFrom his early novel, Auto da f (1935), to his work in social theory, Crowds and Power (1960); his writings on Kafka; and his autobiographies, Canetti, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for literature, has been concerned with the themes of solitude, power, and language. These themes remain central to this German/English bilingual edition of The Agony of Flies, a collection of epigrams, aphorisms, and aperus. Many of these writings are aphoristic sketches and memoranda for stories or characters, while others are autobiographical notes, and all are linked by Canetti's profound awareness of the power of language. Like the Confucian Analects, which deeply influenced Canetti, these are the fragments of a wise teacher in exile. An important and provoking book.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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