Tower of Babel

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Macmillan, 1947 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Auto-da-Fé, Elias Canetti's only work of fiction, is a staggering achievement that puts him squarely in the ranks of major European writers such as Robert Musil and Hermann Broch. It is the story of Peter Kien, a scholarly recluse who lives among and for his great library. The destruction of Kien through the instrument of the illiterate, brutish housekeeper he marries constitutes the plot of the book. The best writers of our time have been concerned with the horror of the modern world--one thinks of Kafka, to whom Canetti has often been compared. But Auto-da-Fé stands as a completely original, unforgettable treatment of the modern predicament.
 

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Another intellectual book by a so-called great writer and thinker. One of those books where nobody says or behaves like a real person would in a given situation. A waste of time. Read full review

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From what I had heard about the plot of this 'masterpiece', it sounded like something worth reading. I took this with me as I picked up the book and, perhaps due to my high expectations, I was ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE A HEAD WITHOUT A WORLD I THE MORNING WALK
9
B THE SECRET
26
CONFUCIUS THE MATCHMAKER
36
THE MUSSEL SHELL
49
DAZZLING FURNITURE
60
MY DEAR LADY
72
MOBILIZATION
85
Vin DEATH
98
INFINITE MERCY
205
FOUR AND THEIR FUTURE
222
REVELATIONS
239
STARVED TO DEATH
252
Vn FULFILMENT
270
THE THIEF
282
PRIVATE PROPERTY
297
THE BUTTON
326

THE BED OF SICKNESS
108
YOUNG LOVE
118
JUDAS AND THE SAVIOUR
125
THE MILLION
135
BEATEN
143
PETRIFACTION
154
PART TWO HEADLESS WORLD I THE STARS OF HEAVEN
167
THE HUMP
191
THB KIND FATHER
367
n TROUSERS
379
A MADHOUSE
395
ROUNDABOUT WAYS
415
WARYWISE ODYSSEUS
427
THE RED COCK
457
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About the author (1947)

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.

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