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Elias Canetti

Birthdate: 25. July 1905
Date of death: 14. August 1994
Other names: E. Canetti

Elias Canetti was a German language author, born in Ruse, Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981, "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power".

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Elias Canetti

„Relearn astonishment, stop grasping for knowledge, lose the habit of the past.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 146
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„He gathers the things he would have seen and piles them up“

—  Elias Canetti

“The Blind Man” J. Neugroshel, trans. (1979), p. 13
Der Ohrenzeuge: Fünfzig Charaktere [Earwitness: Fifty Characters] 1974
Context: The blind man is not blind by birth, but he became blind with little effort. He has a camera, he takes it everywhere, and he just loves keeping his eyes closed. He walks about as though asleep, he has seen absolutely nothing as yet, and already he is shooting it, for when all things lie next to one another, equally small, equally large, always rectangular, orderly, cut off, named, numbered, proven and demonstrated, then you can see them much better in any event.
The blind man saves himself the trouble of viewing anything beforehand. He gathers the things he would have seen and piles them up and enjoys them as though they were stamps. He travels all over the world for the sake of his camera, nothing is far enough, shiny enough, strange enough—he gets it for the camera. He says: I was there, and he points to it, and if he could not point at it he would not know where he had been, the world is confusing, exotic, rich, who can retain it all.

„Everything one has forgotten cries for help in the dream.“

—  Elias Canetti

Alles, was man vergessen hat, schreit im Traum um Hilfe.
Die Provinz des Menschen : Aufzeichnungen 1942–1972, München 1973, p. 269

„I love writers who limit themselves, who write beneath their intelligence.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 27
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

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„You keep taking note of whatever confirms your ideas—better to write down what refutes and weakens them!“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 60
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„I hate judgments that only crush and don’t transform.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 7
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„When he has nothing to say, he lets words speak.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 147
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„Whenever the truth threatens, he hides behind a thought.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 22
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„Ambition is the death of thought.“

—  Elias Canetti

Ehrgeiz ist der Tod des Denkens.
J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 41
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

„If one has lived long enough, there is danger of succumbing to the word “God” merely because it was always there.“

—  Elias Canetti

J. Agee, trans. (1989), p. 108
Das Geheimherz der Uhr [The Secret Heart of the Clock] (1987)

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