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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- The ancestors of Mr. Canetti were Sephardi Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492.
- Canetti came from Cañete, named after Cañete, Cuenca, a village in Spain
- Mr. Canetti wrote in German
- In 1981 Mr. Canetti won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power”.
- Mr. Canetti studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna. He graduated in 1929 but never worked as a chemist.
- 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.
- Canetti married Venetiana Taubner-Calderon in 1934, she was his muse and literary assistant. He was open to relationships with other women.
- Canetti immigrated to England, in 1938, devoting his time to research on mass psychology and the allure of fascism.
- Even though he was a British citizen, Mr. Mr. Canetti lived mostly in Zürich. and is buried there.
- Canetti Peak, Antarctica is named after Elias Canetti
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