I Want to Keep Smashing Myself Until I Am Whole

I Want to Keep Smashing Myself Until I Am Whole

An Elias Canetti Reader

Canetti, Elias

$345.00 MXN


A career-spanning collection of writings by the Nobel laureate Elias Canetti, edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Joshua Cohen.

He embarked on no adventures, he was in no war. He was never in prison, he never killed anyone. He neither won nor lost a fortune. All he ever did was live in this century. But that alone was enough to give his life dimension, both of feeling and of thought.

Here, in his own words, is one of the twentieth century's foremost chroniclers: a dizzyingly inventive, formally unplaceable, unstoppably peripatetic writer named Elias Canetti, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. I Want to Keep Smashing Myself Until I Am Whole is a summa of Canetti's life and thought, and the definitive introduction to a writer whose genius for interpreting world-historical changes was matched by a keen sense of wonder and an abiding skepticism about the knowability of the self. Born into a Sephardi Jewish family in Bulgaria, Canetti later lived in Austria, England, and Switzerland while traversing, in writing, the great thematic provinces of his time: politics, identity, mortality, and more. Sourced from Canetti's landmark texts, including Crowds and Power, an analysis of authoritarianism and mobs; Auto-da-Fe, a darkly comic, daringly modernist novel about the fate of European literature; the famous sequence of sensory-titled memoirs, including The Tongue Set Free and The Torch in My Ear; and never-before-translated writings such as the posthumous The Book Against Death, this collection assembles its luminous shards into the fullest portrait yet of Canetti's remarkable achievement.

Edited and introduced by Joshua Cohen (Book of Numbers, The Netanyahus), I Want to Keep Smashing Myself Until I Am Whole leads us from Canetti's polyglot childhood to his mature preoccupations, and his friendships and rivalries with Hermann Broch, James Joyce, Karl Kraus, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, and others. This collection is also interspersed with aphorisms and diary entries, revealing Canetti's formal range and stylistic versatility in flashes of erudition and introspective humor. Throughout, we come to see Canetti's restless fascination with the instability of identity as one of the keys to his thought--as he reminds us, It all depends on this: with whom we confuse ourselves.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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  • Otro proceso, El
    Canetti, Elías
    «Estas cartas contienen una inconcebible dosis de intimidad; son más íntimas aún de lo que sería la exposición detallada de una felicidad. No existe indecisión cuya descripción puede comparársele, ni personalidad que se haya desnudado tan fielmente. Este intercambio epistolar resulta casi insoportable para una persona primitiva, a tal punto se tiene la impresión de estar ante e...

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  • Libro contra la muerte, El
    Canetti, Elias
    Uno de los proyectos que Canetti acarició toda su vida fue escribir un libro contra la muerte. Pero ese libro nunca se escribió, y es en sus innumerables apuntes donde sin lugar a dudas ha dejado su rastro más marcado. En este libro se reúnen por primera vez, ordenados cronológicamente de 1942 a 1994, los apuntes de Canetti sobre la muerte, tanto los publicados como los inédito...

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  • Apuntes 1
    Canetti, Elias
    Los apuntes constituyen una parte esencial de la obra de Canetti (1905- 1994), Premio Nobel de Literatura 1981. En ellos se revelan las obsesiones que existen detrás de la mayor parte de sus libros, desde Masa y poder (DeBolsillo, 2005) hasta sus volúmenes autobiográficos. Con estos aforismos, apuntes y reflexiones Canetti se ha ganado un lugar eminente dentro de una rica tradi...

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  • Juego de ojos, El
    Canetti, Elias
    Londres, Zúrich, Frankfurt, Viena, Berlín... La mayor parte de las grandes ciudades europeas y los acontecimientos y personas que los poblaron en el primer tercio de siglo, son el escenario y los protagonistas de los tres libros autobiográficos de Elias Canetti: La lengua salvada, La antorcha al oído y El juego de ojos. En ellos, Canetti nos ofrece su particular visión de la vi...

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  • Masa y poder
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    Libro difícilmente clasificable, Masa y poder (1960) realiza una investigación original de los fenómenos sociales siguiendo una metodología que permite vincular los datos históricos y sociológicos con la psicopatología, a fin de poner de manifiesto las anomalías del ser humano en su totalidad biopsíquica. En esta obra estim ulante, el análisis de la interrelación entre individu...

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  • Crowds and Power
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    Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology.Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profoun...

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