Auto Da F

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Author: Elias Canetti
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446475492
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Auto Da F by Elias Canetti

Original Title: Auto Da F

Auto Da Fé is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive sinologist living in Germany between the wars. With masterly precision, Canetti reveals Kien's character, displaying the flawed personal relationships which ultimately lead to his destruction. Manipulated by his illiterate and grasping housekeeper, Therese, who has tricked him into marriage, and Benedikt Pfaff, a brutish concierge, Kien is forced out of his apartment - which houses his great library and one true passion - and into the underworld of the city. In this purgatory he is guided by a chess-playing dwarf of evil propensities, until he is eventually restored to his home. But on his return he is visited by his brother, an eminent psychiatrist who, by an error of diagnosis, precipitates the final crisis... Auto Da Fé was first published in Germany in 1935 as Die Blendung (The Blinding or Bedazzlement) and later in Britain in 1947, where the publisher noted Canetti as a 'writer of strongly individual genius, which may prove influential', an observation borne out when the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. Auto Da Fé still towers as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, and Canetti's incisive vision of an insular man battling agianst the outside world is as fresh and rewarding today as when first it appeared in print.

The End Of Modernism

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Author: William Collins Donahue
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807875228
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The End Of Modernism by William Collins Donahue

Original Title: The End Of Modernism

Nobel laureate Elias Canetti wrote his novel Auto-da-Fe (Die Blendung) when he and the twentieth century were still quite young. Rooted in the cultural crises of the Weimar period, Auto-da-Fe first received critical acclaim abroad--in England, France, and the United States--where it continues to fascinate readers of subsequent generations. Critical reactions have abounded, but never has a comprehensive study placed this work in its cultural and philosophical contexts. The End of Modernism seeks to do just that, situating the novel not only in relation to Canetti's considerable body of social thought, but also within larger debates on Freud and Freudianism, misogyny and modernism's "fragmented subject," racial anti-Semitism and the failure of humanism, contemporary philosophy and philosophical fads, and traditionalist notions of literature and escapist conceptions of history. The End of Modernism portrays Auto-da-Fe as an exemplum of "analytic modernism," and in this sense a crucial endpoint in the progression of postwar conceptions of literary modernism.

Ruth Bergen S Limitations

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Author: Marion Harland
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9781334134456
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Ruth Bergen S Limitations by Marion Harland

Original Title: Ruth Bergen S Limitations

Excerpt from Ruth Bergen's Limitations: A Modern Auto-Da-Fe Nor do 1 obtrude the subject of my story, - who was in no wise a heroine - upon the notice of my reader, as a type of a class, large or limited. This is biography, not fic tion. The obligation to write it is laid upon me by a great compassion which I cannot re sist. If a lesson goes with the telling, it is for those who read to find and to apply it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Marrano Factory

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Author: António José Saraiva
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004120808
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The Marrano Factory by António José Saraiva

Original Title: The Marrano Factory

First published in Portuguese in 1969, this is the only work by Antonio Jose Saraiva available in English and the only single-volume history devoted primarily to the working of the Portuguese Inquisition, a most lucid and compact survey. "The Marrano Factory" argues that the Portuguese Inquisition s stated intention of extirpating heresies and purifying Portuguese Catholicism was a monumental hoax; the true purpose of the Holy Office was the fabrication rather than the destruction of "Judaizers."

Mayan People Within And Beyond Boundaries

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Author: Peter Hervik
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9789057023408
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Mayan People Within And Beyond Boundaries by Peter Hervik

Original Title: Mayan People Within And Beyond Boundaries

Mayan People Within and Beyond Boundaries explores the Maya of Yucatan, the Maya of academic institutions and the Maya of the tourist industry. It examines the interplay between the local and the external, academic categories of the Maya, and seeks to transcend the paradoxical and incongruent relationship between the social spaces that breathe life into the categories. The notion of "shared social experience" is introduced to embody a focus on reflexivity that goes beyond the subjective position of the author and helps demystify the coexisting subjectivities characteristic of ethnographic fieldwork. It provides a basis for overcoming the exclusive focus on "author," " text," and "discourse" in contemporary postmodernist ethnography, while still conveying important ethnographic information.

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