The Memoirs of Elias Canetti: The Tongue Set Free, the Torch in My Ear, the Play of the Eyes

The Memoirs of Elias Canetti: The Tongue Set Free, the Torch in My Ear, the Play of the Eyes

by Canetti, Joachim Neugroschel
     
 

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A compelling account of the development of a great artist, and a portrait of the tragic character of an entire era

The uncompromising achievement of Elias Canetti has been matched by few writers this century. Canetti worked brilliantly in many forms, but the three volumes that comprise his autobiography are where his genius is perhaps most evident. The first

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A compelling account of the development of a great artist, and a portrait of the tragic character of an entire era

The uncompromising achievement of Elias Canetti has been matched by few writers this century. Canetti worked brilliantly in many forms, but the three volumes that comprise his autobiography are where his genius is perhaps most evident. The first volume, The Tongue Set Free, presents the events, personalities, and intellectual forces that fed Canetti's early creative development. The Torch in My Ear explores his admiration for the first great mentor of his adulthood, Karl Krauss, and also describes his first marriage. The final volume, The Play of the Eyes, is set in Vienna between 1931 and 1937, with the European catastrophe imminent; here he vividly portrays relationships with Hermann Broch and Robert Musil, among others.

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The New Yorker
A tremendous story of determination and triumph…If one now encounters his early years for the first time, the experience is nearly like discovering, without warning, a complex and satisfying work of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374527143
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/26/2000
Pages:
840
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 2.18(d)

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Susan Sontag
Canetti is someone who has felt in a profound way the responsibility of words…There is no doctrine, but there is a great deal of scorn, urgency, grief, and euphoria. The message of the mind's passions is passion. "I tried to imagine someone saying to Shakespeare, Relax!" Says Canetti. His work eloquently defends tension, exertion, moral and amoral seriousness.
—(Susan Sontag)

Meet the Author

Elias Canetti (1905-94) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. He mastered many genres, writing several plays and memoirs; a novel, Auto-da-Fé (FSG, 1984); and a monumental work of social theory, Crowds and Power (FSG, 1984).

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