Drawing on his experiences in Vienna in the 1930s and a range of material from anthropology, biology and the culture of many ages and every continent, Canetti offers insights into the psychology of the crowd, the variety of religious experience, the paranoia of rulers and the pathology of power.
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Born in Bulgaria and died in Hampstead, his first language the Hebrew-medieval Spanish hybrid, Ladino, Canetti was one of the most eccentric and extraordinary writers of the last century. His great novel, Auto-da-Fe will give anyone with a passion for books serious and prolonged nightmares.
Crowds and Power puts its finger unerringly on one of the great motor forces of modern history: the capacity of crowds to behave as more than the sum of their parts; to take on the characteristics of a collective organism, with a capacity to digest, multiply and kill. Himself a survivor of horrors (Canetti left Germany in 1938), his exacting eye takes in the grim retrospect of Europe but puts it in the context of tribal rituals in Africa, Amazonia and Australia.
Like most of the really great works of history, Canettiís work, part ethnography, part social psychology, defies neat classification. But its message, not always welcome is - this too is what itís like to be part of the human pack.Book Description:
How do crowds work? What is the nature of their unique creation - the demagogue? This is the renowned and original analysis of one of this century's most threatening and influential phenomena by the nobel prize-winning thinker.
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Book Description Penguin., London., 1992. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 575 pages of this powerful analogy of Violence and the crowd mentality. Translated by Carol Stewart form the German. Ink inscriptions inside cover, not obtrusive. One is the name of John J. Gibson who was art lecturer at the Courtauld Institute in the 1980's-90's. there are also a few mall marginal annots, light corner crease at bottom edge, but all VG and not ex-library and no marks or stains. Bookseller Inventory # 2481
Book Description Penguin, UK, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches. p/b 252 pages, condition is very good. Bookseller Inventory # 51234
Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-261-90-7008107
Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Bookseller Inventory # 2645684641
Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2661111735