The Torch In My Ear | Granta

  • Published: 04/08/2011
  • ISBN: 9781847083579
  • 129x20mm
  • 384 pages

The Torch In My Ear

Elias Canetti

In The Torch in My Ear Elias Canetti, Nobel Prize winner, towering intellectual figure and polymath, gives us his second volume of autobiography. Using as a framework his admiration for his first great mentor, the Viennese writer Karl Kraus, and his passion for his first wife, Veza, Canetti seamlessly incorporates a profoundly perceptive portrait of Vienna and Berlin in the 1920s. Here are the voices of Brecht, Isaac Babel, George Grosz, and many others. This is autobiography redefining itself.

Canetti's grandness of sweep, his fiery excitement with ideas make this sparkling and stimulating reading


In that great division, between the presence of the real and the imagined, between a quickly changing world and the true reality within it, lies much of the power of this powerful and altogether remarkable autobiography ... this is the second stage in what is really a modern pilgrimage ... a pilgrimage through the 20th century

The Times

A rarity among autobiographies: the author attempts to set down a metaphysical conception of himself, refuses to admit thte virtue of modesty or the vice of self-regard, and equates ethics and aesthetics: the intensity of his experience of literature (including his own) matches his experience of life

Times Literary Supplement

The Author

Elias Canetti (1905-94), winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, was one of the major intellectual figures of the twentieth century. A master of many genres, he is best known for his novel Auto Da Fé and his great work of social theory Crowds and Power. But Canetti’s genius is perhaps nowhere more evident that in the three volumes of his autobiography: The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear and The Play of the Eyes.

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Karl Kraus and Veza

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‘It was natural that the rumors about both these people should reach me at the same time; they came from the same source, from which everything new for me came at that time.’