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Canetti, Elias (Translated by Joel Agee). THE SECRET HEART OF THE CLOCK: NOTES, APHORISMS, FRAGMENTS 1973-1985. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 151 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of short pieces. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents acutely brilliant observations and reflections "on life, death, reincarnation, longevity, immortality, the development of ritualism in the child, and the importance and gist of Aubrey, Dostoyevski, Kafka, Klaus Mann, Schopenhauer, Sophocles, Walser, Lear, Zola, and Cezanne. There are occasional quotations from Plutarch, Soutine, Faulkner, Wittgenstein, and Wisdom of the Fathers. Canetti remarks that 'each sentence connects with another', but 'between them lie a hundred years' " (Publisher's blurb). As an aphorist, that is, as a writer who needed, not just wanted, to have the last word on a particular subject, Elias Canetti had no rivals. Here is just one example: "I do not find it difficult to let myself be deceived. But I find it difficult not to show that I am aware of it" (Elias Canetti). "His exacting presence honors literature" (George Steiner). A "must-have" title for Elias Canetti collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for more than twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIAS CANETTI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374256942. $50.00

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