Search Results: "Elias Canetti"


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NOTES FROM HAMPSTEAD by Elias Canetti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"But the few will be grateful for Canetti's book and for Hargraves's exacting translation of it."
A Nobel Prize winner illuminates topics ranging from death and great writers to religion and myth, ethnicity and creativity, and much more. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Or, maybe, like most diaries and notebooks, this is just one writer's chaff and should be treated as such."
This collection of fragments by Nobel Prizewinner Canetti raises the vexing question: Is an aphorism merely the printed analogue of a sound bite? Read full book review >

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PARTY IN THE BLITZ by Elias Canetti
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2005

"A fresh and color-drenched memoir by an artist unafraid to offend."
Vivid portraits, affectionate but unsparing, of people encountered by Nobel laureate Canetti (Notes from Hampstead, 1998, etc.) while living in England. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 8, 1995

"Others will eagerly await more revelations of Elias's intriguingly divided nature."
First translation into English of a lyrical, mysterious coming-of-age story: the initial volume (originally published in 1936) of a celebrated Flemish writer's autobiographical trilogy. Read full book review >

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YELLOW STREET by Veza Canetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1991

"Very thin."
The decision to publish a novel in ``five scenes'' by the late wife of Nobel prize-winner Elias Canetti, who has written an appreciative foreword, is understandable, but the work itself is too flawed to be anything but a sentimental gesture. Read full book review >

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THE TORTOISES by Veza Canetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2001

"The talking-head characters and wooden dialogue here don't do justice to a horrific real-life ordeal: riveting as a historical document, but undistinguished as a work of fiction."
Following by ten years the English-language publication of her only other novel, Yellow Street, and originally meant to be released in 1939, after Canetti fled with husband Elias from Vienna to London, this heavily autobiographical account depicts their life in Austria after the Nazi Anschluss. Read full book review >

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UNO DOS TRES by Yanitzia Canetti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Thoughtfully designed, this will be welcomed by many who already speak the language, are learning or just wish to plunge right in for bilingual storytimes. ¡Que bueno!(Picture book. 2-7)"
A lovely and unencumbered picture book combines with an infectious CD to introduce Spanish through song. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Aboujaoude is obviously proud of his work—and he should be—but his skills as a writer are seriously lacking."
Sketchy profiles of obsessive-compulsive patients, from the director of Stanford's Impulse Control Disorders Clinic. Read full book review >

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SPRING BREAK by Gerald Elias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Elias' sixth entry grafts an old-school curmudgeon detective onto a contemporary faculty farce. Despite his musical prowess, the musician isn't likable enough to draw much in the way of applause."
A blind violinist becomes a key player in a music school's faculty dysfunction. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2013

"Though slow to get going, the second half of this memoir is strong stuff, with some truly amazing stories well-told."
A junkie's-eye view of three decades of addiction in Detroit and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN by Gerald Elias
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Blind Jacobus, a curmudgeon to the nth degree, redeems himself when he steps in to take the lead in 'Death and the Maiden' and performs with such emotional commitment that you'll want to race right out and buy the CD."
Discordance threatens a chamber music quartet. Read full book review >

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THE KINGDOM OF STRANGERS by Elias Khoury
Released: July 1, 1996

The Kingdom Of Strangers ($24.00; paper $16.00; Jul. 1996; 112 pp.; 1-55728-433-4; paper 1-55728-434-2): This mosaic portrayal of its author's native Lebanon besieged by civil war in fact expands into a generalized examination of the chaos and despair suffered by families everywhere during wartime (e.g., in one of its segments that describes the unlikely friendship formed by an Arab and a Jew who meet in a neutral country and are thus uninfluenced by their rival cultures). Read full book review >