Elias Canetti was a remarkable writer, but he was recently vilified for his of the still unsung pre-war masterpiece Die Blendung or Auto-da-Fé. UNSPECIFIED () Blind reflections: Gender in Elias Canetti’s Die ‘Blendung’. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, 92 (Part 4). pp. ISSN THE VISION OF MAN IN ELIAS CANETTI’S DIE BLENDUNG. Peter Russell. Victoria University, Wellington, N.Z.. Search for more papers by this author.

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She needed ideas and characters for her novels and she gets this “booty” from her many and varied lovers “each one a specialist in his field I’ve been trudging through it since August, it is now December, and I’ve only gotten halfway.

So I slogged through this and felt like it took forever. Frankly, I cannot see what exactly is in the book that brought Canetti the Nobel Prize. Be that as it may, Canetti hated TS Eliot, whose poetry and reputation were indicative of all that had become wrong with England since the centuries of its cultural glory: After that however, it just got harder and harder to summon up the will to read.

The rest of the book is a disturbing series of interconnected incidents of violence and mental, social and sexual depravity. I rather disliked it- reading it was torture. Books have no life; they lack feeling maybe, and perhaps cannot feel pain, as animals and even plants feel pain. Kien consequently invites the boy to see his library.

Preview — Die Blendung by Elias Canetti. In late s he started to live in Zurich permanently. He himself was the owner of the most important private library in the whole of this great city. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power.

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Adler, who through his father knew both Canettis, insists that his wife was no doormat: I felt it had so much potential pages but the story became fragmented with no clear direction. It’s a waste of time, time I could spend reading other, more interesing books.

A Record of a Visit Despite diie interdicts in his will, Johanna Canetti, his heir and daughter canethi his second marriage, has decided that his London diary “From England”, as he called it could after all be released before The story progresses through various stages of misery for Kien until he is eventually forced out of the house.


He is constantly prevailed upon to accept various academic posts, but is absorbed in his studies and shuns social and physical contacts. I understand that Canetti was better known for his blsndung and it was presumably that work which bagged him the Nobel prize.

Jeremy Adler, who supplies excellent notes and an afterword to this posthumous volume, will not convince everyone that Canetti really respected Murdoch still and that this great diatribe is necessary for the book’s moral and aesthetic coherence as autobiographical satire.

Maybe that makes me some kind of philistine, but what the hell.

It’s a shame, because I can see that it is at times well written, and there are several really good parts, but I can’t help it: He died in in Zurich.

Retrieved from ” https: If you had to think of a comparable writer, Kafka would come to bendung. He marries his housekeeper because he believes she is committed to the care of his books, but she sets out immediately to find ways to defraud Kien of his fortune.

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Only Enoch Powell quoted Nietzsche in fluent German or showed emotion in public. They have to be trodden on, to be trampled into slime and splinters, as he had done once when he was a child at the seaside Canetti, as everyone called him, and his wife Veza lived in proud and not-so-genteel poverty after arriving from Nazi-run Vienna in the aftermath of the Kristallnacht in January I find myself pretty divided on the question of how well the world of this book actually reflects the world I live in.

Claas rated it it was ok May 23, I understand that it being published inthat it is an allegory of the irrationality and violence that overcame Europe between the two world wars.

As a whole, reading Auto da Fe was a frustrating and – for long stretches – frankly tedious experience. And read during the worst quarter of my freshman year Humanities sequence at UChicago.

Die Blendung

But Kein was surreptitiously contemplating the skirt When he sees that she treats it with greater deference even than he, he decides to marry her, imagining that his library is in very good hands. It was obviously a quote, as I italicized it and put quote lines.


I use the term ‘real’ loosely, because nothing in this book bears resemblance to what most people would consider a normal reality, and all of the characters are so ugly and unlikeable.

He recognises in Crowds and Power how parliamentary rituals were civilised forms of power play, which in continental Europe were being performed cznetti their original and bloody form. Only rarely did he feel unwanted on account of being a foreigner; never, more amazingly, did he personally experience a hint of anti-semitic feelings.

If someone were to tell me that Canetti was an absolute misanthropist, I would not be surprised. It is such splendid dark humour, am I the only soul that finds this book so cleverly funny? Refresh and try again. The protagonist is Herr Doktor Peter Kien, a famed and famously reclusive forty-year-old philologist and Sinologist who is uninterested in human interaction or sex, content with his monkish, highly disciplined life in his book-lined apartment in Vienna.

In a few parts this is well done – Canetti manages to show the lunacy of his characters in an original manner, where I was delighted by the flow of the prose. I have, diw though I hate doing it, decided to leave it unfinished, because I can’t keep up reading a book that bores me to tears especially such a long book, with such tiny typeface! Most of the time however, I’m cannetti bored.

In a short time, she manages to insinuate herself blensung his bookish life — even though Kien blenvung no interest in women or sex. Soon he sees her as a pirate who robs each of her lovers not of his heart, but of his mind. Whether this was to protect the living from embarrassment or from an old-fashioned sense of decorum, so suspicious to our kiss-and-tell vie, we shall have to wait and see. But what neither Bayley nor Conradi could have known was that Canetti had taken steps to get his retaliation in first: Leslie rated it it was ok Jun 09, Therese ultimately forces Kien out entirely.