By Michael Mack

While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have focused on a refusal of totality and party of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent tension at the 'need' for sure jointly said limits. subsequent to the broader importance of this booklet for discussions of Holocaust reviews relating to present theoretical and social concerns, it is going to additionally supply a brand new interpretation of Elias Canetti's paintings. this can be the 1st designated exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow buddy Canetti.

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185; and David Roberts: Kopf und Welt. Elias Canettis Roman Die Blendung. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Helga und Fred Wagner. München: Hanser 1975 (Literaturals Kunst), p. 164. See Jutta Paal: Die Figurenkonstellation in Elias Canettis Roman >Die Blendung<. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 1991. For a discussion of the one-sidedness of all characters in the novel see Peter Russell: The Vision of Man in Elias Canetti's Die Blendung. In: German Life & Letters 28 (1974), p. 24-35; and Edward Timms: Canetti, Kraus and China.

110 Canetti, Auto da Fe (p. 36, note 95), p. 461. « Canetti, Die Blendung (p. 36, note 94), p. 96. 108 2. «112 One for all and all for one is exactly the kind of slogan Nazis used to nihilate their personality and immerse themselves in the »all« of the crowd. The chiasmus of the »one for all and all for one« construction stresses the lack of any distinction between the members of the crowd. Kien, who so despised the >masses< on the street, turns into a mass-organizer within the walls of his library, and even when he angrily calls pedestrians a >mob<, he actually creates it by using the word.

103. Stephan Wiesenhöfer takes Georg to be an authoritative commentator on all protagonists of the novel. See Stephan Wiesenhöfer: Mythos zwischen Wahn und Kunst. Elias Canettis Roman Die Blendung. München: Tuduv-Verlags-Gesellschaft 1987 (Tuduv-Studien. Reihe Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften; 23), p. 145. Recently, Nicola Riedner has followed George's interpretation in seeing Peter Kien as separated from the masses. See Nicola Riedner: Canettis Fischerle. Eine Figur zwischen Masse, Macht und Blendung.

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