Elias Canetti: Die Fackel im Ohr [The Torch in My Ear]

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The second part of Elias Canetti’s autobiography, Die Fackel im Ohr [The Torch in My Ear, 1980], begins in Frankfurt in 1921, and it ends in Vienna in 1931, two years prior to Hitler’s takeover. There are references to increasing antisemitism in the general public and academe, to fast-spreading nationalism and authoritarian attitudes. Structurally the work is similar to Die gerettete Zunge [The Tongue Set Free, 1977, q.v.]. Each of the five parts is associated with a location and dates significant to the author. Each part is preceded by a heading with a theme or motif. For “…

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Lorenz, Dagmar C. G.. "Die Fackel im Ohr". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006
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