The Secret Heart of the Clock; Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments, 1973-1985

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From one of the preeminent intellectual figures of the twentieth century, a highly personal testimonial of what Canetti himself chooses to term "notations," bits and pieces: notes, aphorisms, fragments. Taken together, they present an awesomely tender, guiltily gloomy meditation on death and aging.

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Overview

From one of the preeminent intellectual figures of the twentieth century, a highly personal testimonial of what Canetti himself chooses to term "notations," bits and pieces: notes, aphorisms, fragments. Taken together, they present an awesomely tender, guiltily gloomy meditation on death and aging.

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Dealing largely with the meaning and significance of words and names in various languages, these jottings and paradoxes, by the Bulgarian-born Nobel Laureate, reflect on the indignity of life, death, reincarnation, longevity and immortality, the development of ritualism in the child, and the importance and gist of Aubrey, Dostoyevski, Kafka, Klaus Mann, Schopenhauer, Sophocles, Walser, Lear , Zola and Cezanne. There are occasional quotations from Plutarch, Soutine, Faulkner (``I never tell reporters the truth''), Wittgenstein and Wisdom of the Fathers . Canetti remarks that ``each sentence connects with another,'' but ``between them lie a hundred years.'' Except to passionate Canettiphiles, these fragmentary notes will have little connection or significance, and will not add to the author's stature or reputation. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374256944
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/30/1989
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Elias Canetti (1905-94) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. His writings include a monumental work of social theory, Crowds and Power, and three volumes of memoirs, The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes.

 

Joel Agee has translated Elias Canetti, Friedrich D├╝renmatt, Gottfried Benn, and a collection of Rilke's letters, Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence. He won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea, a verse play. He is the author of Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany and lives in Brooklyn.

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    In the garden

    There is a wonderful book. If you don't have time for some places, follow him. The people's happines is so simply: in one garden or in their mind. People's heart is so beautifull, that nobody needs to order it when to knock. There are thoughts of one big peace-poet that was always looking for good in people. The man is wise.

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