ELIAS CANETTI’s works are finally available again in Danish translation by Karsten Sand Iversen, republished by Lindhardt & Ringhof’s imprint Akademisk Forlag. And also in Sweden where Modernista re-published Canetti’s only work of fiction, his novel AUTO-DA-FÉ (1935) – which tells the story of Sinologist Peter Kien, who lives withdrawn from the world among his thousands and thousands of books until he decides to marry his housekeeper (why pay the woman if You can marry her?). That is when things with newlywed Mrs Kien start to get out of hand ending in a literal inferno for Mr Kien. If you haven’t read this unforgettable classic, yet, please do so now.
Canetti received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981 and has been translated into numerous languages. We are noticing a revived interest in his works with new editions in the US , Italy, Denmark and many other countries around the world.
Noticeable among his many books is Canetti’s CROWDS AND POWER (1960). In it Canetti explores the dynamics of crowds and the question of how and why crowds obey power of rulers.