Auto-da-Fé (Die Blendung)
A parable of the unforgiving disease of communications, the only novel written by Canetti evokes a claustrophobic existence in which the characters for fear they deprive themselves of every desire, not only. With a maddening modernity, the narrative does not allow anything to charity, not comfort from the thought of dying, no planing of 'distress. The desperate lack of 'love is the metaphor of a civilization, the Central European, that he would never regained its splendor. A gallery of characters defined by their own paranoia. Much of Roth, Canetti expresses not only the finishing Austria but the end of a dream culturally and linguistically.
I'm just like Kien. I could even die for books.
This is THE undiscovered classic novel of 20th-century literature. All of Canetti's works - his plays, his memoirs, and even the short pieces in 'Die Ohrenzeuge' - are crafted to such a level as no others of his peers could match. He was a true literary genius with a fine sense of craftsmanship that allows him to present a brilliant story, interwoven with precise psychological insight, and objective criticism of the characters (who are always just as beautifully fleshed out as his descriptions of them are) as well as subjective looks into their (often warped) mindsets. In 100 years, people will talk of 'Die Blendung' the way they speak of 'Ulysses' and 'À la recherche du temps perdu' today; and, in 1000, they will talk of Canetti in the same way as they do Homer, Shakespeare and Cervantes.
/Marc-David Jacobs, United States
It was unlike anything I have ever read before. From the first page his writing style is very different from most books I read and the way he made the book interesting was not by high impact action scenes but by quiet whispers that make you want to draw closer to hear what he is really trying to say/tell you. (There was a hidden meaning behind each action ...)
/Lisa Wray, Canada