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"Dearest Georg": Love, Literature, and Power in Dark Times: The Letters of Elias, Veza, and Georges Canetti, 1933-1948 Hardcover – Feb 2 2010


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press (Feb. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590512979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590512975
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,277,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In 2003, a large packet of letters was discovered accidentally in a steamer trunk in a Paris basement: they were written to Georges Canetti from his brother, Elias (1981 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature), and Elias’s wife, Veza, along with some of Georges’s letters to them. Appearing now for the first time in English in Dollenmayer’s splendid translation, the correspondence reveals a quite passionate relationship among the three…Although Elias has controlled his image through his memoirs, these letters offer a glaringly honest glimpse into this triangular relationship.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Elias Canetti (1905—1994), Bulgarian-born author of the novel Auto-da-Fé, the sociological study Crowds and Power, and three volumes of memoirs (The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. Canetti most recently made headlines with the posthumously published autobiographical notes on his years in England, Party in the Blitz: The English Years (New Directions, 2005).

Veza Canetti
(1897—1963), playwright, novelist, and short-story writer, was born in Vienna. After the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938, she and her husband, Elias Canetti, fled Vienna for London. She gained literary recognition only posthumously. She is the author of the novels Yellow Street and The Tortoises (New Directions, 2005).

David Dollenmayer
is Professor of German at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the author of The Berlin Novels of Alfred Döblin. He has translated works by Peter Stephan Jungk, Michael Kleeberg, Anna Mitgutsch, Perikles Monioudis, Mietek Pemper, and Moses Rosenkranz. He lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For Canetti Lovers Dec 4 2010
By Brandon E Bourgeois - Published on Amazon.com
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This is for any true Canetti fanatic. To my mind, Elias is figure of mythic stature and proportion. But this collection allows me to note his measurements from a much more realistic perspective. On the whole, it accomplishes the feat of allowing the reader to see these three figures as satellites of each other. Georg and Veza are no longer obscured satellites circling about Elias. They alternate in the role of the main planet; and at times the planets collide. One is allowed a glimpse into Elias' dependence upon the two and his indulgence in small--and sometimes great--betrayals, but the others are not wholly lacking in these characteristics either. They are, each of them, distinct planets in their own right who fed off contact with each other as if it were the only tangible nourishment: in their esteem of virtue and the life of the mind, they were some of the last private beings of learning, curiosity, passion, and dedication in the most recent great age of the intellectual.


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