Title: THE SECRET HEART OF THE CLOCK: NOTES, ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 151 pages. Published in 1989. Collection of short pieces. Now considered a modern classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elias Canetti's "The Secret Heart of The Clock" in a felicitous English translation. A triumphant achievement. Acutely brilliant observations and reflections "on life, death, reincarnation, longevity, immortality, the development of ritualism in the child, and the importance and gist of Aubrey, Dostoyevski, Kafka, Klaus Mann, Schopenhauer, Sophocles, Walser, Lear, Zola, and Cezanne. There are occasional quotations from Plutarch, Soutine, Faulkner, Wittgenstein, and Wisdom of the Fathers. Canetti remarks that 'each sentence connects with another', but 'between them lie a hundred years' " (Publisher's blurb). As an aphorist, that is, as a writer who needed, not just wanted, to have the last word on a particular subject, Elias Canetti had no rivals. Here is just one example: "I do not find it difficult to let myself be deceived. But I find it difficult not to show that I am aware of it" (Elias Canetti). "His exacting presence honors literature" (George Steiner). An absolute "must-have" title for Elias Canetti collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIAS CANETTI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374256942. Bookseller Inventory # 14756
Synopsis: From one of the preeminent intellectual figures of the twentieth century, a highly personal testimonial of what Canetti himself chooses to term "notations," bits and pieces: notes, aphorisms, fragments. Taken together, they present an awesomely tender, guiltily gloomy meditation on death and aging.
About the Author: Elias Canetti (1905-94) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. His writings include a monumental work of social theory, Crowds and Power, and three volumes of memoirs, The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes. Joel Agee has translated Elias Canetti, Friedrich Dürenmatt, Gottfried Benn, and a collection of Rilke's letters, Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence. He won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea, a verse play. He is the author of Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany and lives in Brooklyn.
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