Auto Da Fé by Elias Canetti

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.

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The 849th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The 100 Best Books in the World ( (in German))
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Auto da Fe (Modern Classics) Paperback 3605778 $61.67 $8.01 1973
Auto-Da-fe Mass Market Paperback 5281363 $25.00
Auto Da Fe (Picador Books) Paperback 6330970 $33.00 $1.59 1978
Auto-da-fé (A Continuum book) Paperback 5488717 $162.52 $4.98
Auto Da Fe (Vintage Classics) Paperback 11173389 $62.02 $9.79
Auto da Fe Hardcover 15766473 $288.71 $39.27
Auto-da-fé Mass Market Paperback 16946843 $22.73 $33.64 1991
Auto-da-fé Hardcover 1429254 $50.00 $9.74
Auto-da-Fé: A Novel Paperback 528324 $10.01 $2.99 1984