Fun Facts Friday: Elias Canetti

July 25, 2014

Elias Canetti (25 July, 1905 – 14 August, 1994) was a novelist, non-fiction writer, memoirist and playwright. Mr. Elias was born in Bulgaria, but is known as a Swiss and British novelist.

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Books by Elias Canetti

  1. The ancestors of Mr. Canetti were Sephardi Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492.
  2. Canetti came from Cañete, named after Cañete, Cuenca, a village in Spain
  3. Mr. Canetti wrote in German
  4. In 1981 Mr. Canetti won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power”.
  5. Mr. Canetti studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna. He graduated in 1929 but never worked as a chemist.
  6. As a student, Mr. Canetti witnessed the July Revolt of 1927 (a.k.a. the Vienna Palace of Justice fire). The riot left a deep impression on the future writer, especially the burning of books.
  7. Canetti married Venetiana Taubner-Calderon in 1934, she was his muse and literary assistant. He was open to relationships with other women.
  8. Canetti immigrated to England, in 1938, devoting his time to research on mass psychology and the allure of fascism.
  9. Even though he was a British citizen, Mr. Mr. Canetti lived mostly in Zürich. and is buried there.
  10. Canetti Peak, Antarctica is named after Elias Canetti

Books by Elias Canetti

Zohar – Man of la Book

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