I accept no death.

Elias Canetti

The Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti all his life declared himself a “mortal enemy” of death—and here, in English at last, is his landmark book on the subject

Available May, 14 2024

The Book Against Death

Literatureby Elias Canetti

Translated by Peter Filkins

With a contribution by Joshua Cohen

The Book Against Death is the work of a lifetime: a collection of Elias Canetti’s powerful, disarming, and often bleakly comic observations, diatribes, and musings on and against death. Evoking despair, melancholy, and fury, Canetti examines the inevitable demise of all beings—from the ant, the fish, and the worm to an executioner, a court painter, and a Greek god—while fiercely protesting the mass deaths incurred during war and the willingness of despots to wield death as power. Interspersed with material from philosophers and writers such as Goethe, Walter Benjamin, and Robert Walser, The Book Against Death is ultimately a moving affirmation of the value of life itself.

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I accept no death.

Elias Canetti

Canetti led his life without compromise, fear, or guilt, and [reading him is] like discovering, without warning, a complex and satisfying work of art.

David Denby, The New Yorker

Even twenty years after his death, one thing is certain: Elias Canetti is alive and kicking.

Tobias Schwartz, Der Tagesspiegel

His style is suave yet enrapturing, his memory and attention to detail simply extraordinary . . . One feels that in Canetti, modern European culture found its ultimate keeper.

Ilan Stavans, Forward