Synopses & Reviews
Notes from Hampstead
is a map of the late Nobel laureate's thinking, a triumphant compendium of aphoristic, enigmatic, and expository writings covering a characteristically diverse range of subjects.
"The author of the classic Auto-du-Fé (1936) kept a notebook of which this volume is a record, dating from 1954 to 1971. Not only will Canetti's close readers be enthralled by the aphoristic writings on a wide range of subject; there is something here for everyone. Sometimes the observations are as enigmatic as they are enticing: 'The deceitful quality of noise.' At times they are rich in commonsense: 'You should heed your contemporaries as well. You can't get nourishment from roots alone.' This is a work that inspires contemplation." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
About the Author
Elias Canetti (1905-94) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. His writings include a monumental work of social theory, Crowds and Power, and three volumes of memoirs, The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes.