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Party in the Blitz : the English years

Author: Elias Canetti; Michael Hofmann
Publisher: New York : New Directions, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Party in the Blitz, a new volume of Elias Canetti's autobiography, comes as a surprise gift to celebrate the Nobel Laureate's 100th birthday.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Elias Canetti; Elias Canetti; Elias Canetti
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elias Canetti; Michael Hofmann
ISBN: 0811216365 9780811216364
OCLC Number: 60839417
Description: 249 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Out of England --
No-one in England or the silence of contempt --
Amersham --
"Durris", Stubbs Wood, Chesham Bois --
The street sweeper --
Herbert Read --
Vices and virtues of English parties --
Hampstead: a gathering of poets --
Kathleen Raine --
Aymer and his mother --
Visit in Mochrum --
Lord David Stewart --
Mrs. Phillimore. Bertrand Russell --
Arthur Waley --
Diana Spearman --
Enoch Powell --
Veronica Wedgwood --
Misery at parties --
Franz Steiner --
Downshire Hill --
J.D. Bernal --
Geoffrey Pyke --
Freddie Uhlman --
Ce poids! Ce poids! --
Henry Moore and Roland Penrose. The party in the Blitz. The battle of Britain. Hampstead Heath --
Hampstead Church Row. The cemetery --
The party at Penrose's. The firemen --
The Freemasons arms. Friedl --
Friedl's generosity. The blouse. Stevie Smith --
Oskar Kokoschka --
Iris Murdoch --
Vaughan Williams --
Aymer --
England, an island --
Speed --
Some varieties of arrogance.
Other Titles: Party im Blitz.
Responsibility: Elias Canetti ; translated from the German by Michael Hofmann ; with an afterword by Jeremy Adler.
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"Party in the Blitz, a new volume of Elias Canetti's autobiography, comes as a surprise gift to celebrate the Nobel Laureate's 100th birthday.".

"At 85, beset by the desire to come to terms with his years of exile in Britain, Canetti wrote Party in the Blitz. He waited half a century to confront these memories, perhaps because "in order to be truthful, I should have to track down every needless humiliation I was offered in England, and relive it as the torture it was." Party in the Blitz (translated by Michael Hofmann) dissects that torture with a bracing vigor and unrestrained acerbity, as Canetti recounts his life in a new country where - with the single exception of Arthur Waley - not a soul knew his writing (which, home in Vienna, had ranked him with Musil and Broch).".

"But Canetti was not one to be ignored, and by sheer force of personality, "the god-monster of Hempstead" (as John Bayley dubbed him) soon knew everyone and everyone knew him. Enoch Powell, Bertrand Russell, Iris Murdoch, Empson, Wittgenstein, Kokoschka, Kathleen Raine, Henry Moore, Ralph Vaughan Williams: Canetti knew them all, and in Party in the Blitz he rakes some of them over the coals mercilessly. He detested T.S. Eliot and came to despise Iris Murdoch, with whom he had an affair: every word of his devastating portrait of her quivers with rage."--BOOK JACKET.

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