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Party in the Blitz

Party in the Blitz

by Elias Canetti
     
 

Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti’s sensational memoir: a frank, acerbic, and cranky way his years of British exile.
Elias Canetti originally intended Party in the Blitz to capture an image of his time in post-war London. Well known throughout Europe, Canetti scorned British intellectuals who weren’t familiar with his work. By force of will alone

Overview

Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti’s sensational memoir: a frank, acerbic, and cranky way his years of British exile.
Elias Canetti originally intended Party in the Blitz to capture an image of his time in post-war London. Well known throughout Europe, Canetti scorned British intellectuals who weren’t familiar with his work. By force of will alone he accumulated English followers, but not before being christened “the godmonster of Hampstead.” Canetti’s memories of various people in his social circle are brief and scathing brimstone sketches. T.S. Eliot, Iris Murdoch, Wittgenstein, Herbert Read, Bertrand Russell–Canetti rakes them all over the coals. To Canetti, T.S. Eliot was nothing more than an American emigrant trying desperately to act British, and Canetti’s portrayal of Iris Murdoch, with whom he had an affair, is nothing short of brutal. Michael Hofmann’s translation pulls no punches, delivering the goods on Canetti’s searing injection: “when you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.”

Editorial Reviews

Elimae
A fascinating look not only into a vanished social milieu but also into the noted writer's mind.”— Cooper Renner
Bookforum
[Gives] the reader a superb sense of what day-to-day life was like during the Battle of Britain.”— Marjorie Perloff
The Nation
This is the fourth and final volume of Elias Canetti’s memoirs. Its predecessors…were poised, richly detailed and slightly dull; Party in the Blitz, however, is chaotic…and horribly fascinating.”— John Banville
The Forward
Nothing ever was pleasant about Canetti. And nothing ever is pleasant about great literature….we should have it no other way.”— Joshua Cohen
The New Yorker
Canetti invites—indeed, compels—judgment. His exacting presence honors literature.”— George Steiner
Jewish Exponent
Canetti is merciless.”— Robert Leiter
Washington Post
[Canetti] can be as shrewd as Lichtenberg or La Rochefoucauld with an apt and concisely phrased insight.”— Michael Dirda
The San Francisco Chronicle
A splendid record of Canetti's extremely conflicted feelings about his adopted country.”— Anthony Giardina
The New York Times Book Review
Before there was the mysterious W. G. Sebald, there was the even more mysterious Elias Canetti.”— Clive James
The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
Canetti's brilliance as a writer shines out, particularly as it works to bring alive his intellectual passions.”— Richard Eder
Cooper Renner - Elimae
“A fascinating look not only into a vanished social milieu but also into the noted writer's mind.”
Marjorie Perloff - Bookforum
“[Gives] the reader a superb sense of what day-to-day life was like during the Battle of Britain.”
John Banville - The Nation
“This is the fourth and final volume of Elias Canetti’s memoirs. Its predecessors…were poised, richly detailed and slightly dull; Party in the Blitz, however, is chaotic…and horribly fascinating.”
Joshua Cohen - The Forward
“Nothing ever was pleasant about Canetti. And nothing ever is pleasant about great literature….we should have it no other way.”
Susan Sontag
“His work eloquently defends tension, exertion, moral and amoral seriousness.”
George Steiner - The New Yorker
“Canetti invites—indeed, compels—judgment. His exacting presence honors literature.”
Robert Leiter - Jewish Exponent
“Canetti is merciless.”
Michael Dirda - Washington Post
“[Canetti] can be as shrewd as Lichtenberg or La Rochefoucauld with an apt and concisely phrased insight.”
Anthony Giardina - The San Francisco Chronicle
“A splendid record of Canetti's extremely conflicted feelings about his adopted country.”
Clive James - The New York Times Book Review
“Before there was the mysterious W. G. Sebald, there was the even more mysterious Elias Canetti.”
Richard Eder - The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
“Canetti's brilliance as a writer shines out, particularly as it works to bring alive his intellectual passions.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218306
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
02/25/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
792,594
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Elias Canetti (1905-1994) is the Bulgarian-born author of the novel Auto-da-Fé, the sociological study Crowds and Power, and his four-volume memoir (The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in my Ear, The Play of the Eyes, Party in the Blitz). Canetti won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.

For his translations, acclaimed poet Michael Hofmann has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Dublin International IMPAC Award, the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (four times). He is the highly acclaimed translator of, among others, Kafka, Brecht, and Joseph Roth.

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