"Auto da Fe" is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive Sinologist living in Germany between the wars. With masterly precision, Canetti builds up the elements in Kien himself, and his personal relationships, which will lead to his destruction.
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"Savage, subtle, beautifully mysterious--one of the few great novels of the century." - Iris Murdoch"A strange, eloquent and terrifying book." - Philip ToynbeeFrom the Back Cover:
Auto da Fe is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive sinologist living in Germany between the wars. With a masterly precision Canetti reveals Kien's character, displaying the flawed personal relationships which ultimately lead to his destruction.
Manipulated by his illiterate and grasping housekeeper, Therese, who has tricked him into marriage, and Benedikt Pfaff, a brutish concierge, Kien is forced out of his apartment - which houses his great library and one true passion - and into the underworld of the city. In this purgatory he is guided by a chess-playing dwarf of evil propensities, until eventually he is restored to his home. But on his return he is visited by his brother, an eminent psychiatrist who, by an error of diagnosis, precipitates the final crisis ...
Auto da Fe was first published in Germany in 1935 as Die Blendung (The Building or Bedazzlement) and later in Britain in 1947, where the publisher noted Canetti as a 'writer of strongly individual genius, which may prove to be an influential one', an observation borne out when the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. Auto da Fe still towers as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, and Canetti's incisive vision of an insular man battling against the outside world is as fresh and rewarding today as when first it appeared in print.
Translated from the German by C.V. Wedgwood
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'A strange, eloquent and terrifying book' - Philip Toynbee
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003935827
Book Description Vintage, 1995, 1995. paperback, 464pp, pages slightly browned, text clean and tight, cover edges slightly rubbed, Very Good condition. ISBN: 0099470314. Bookseller Inventory # 918907
Book Description Vintage 1995 Paperback, 1995. Book Condition: Good. Auto da Féis the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive Sinologist living in Germany between the wars. With masterly precision, Canetti builds up the elements in Kien himself, and his personal relationships, which will lead to his destruction. Ex Library 432 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 1000676