Elias Canetti: When Memoirs Mattered

Thanks to books like Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, these have been dark days for the memoir.  But seriously,they aren’t these totally evil wastes of pages just because Trig’s mommy wanted to show off the pictures of the wolves she shot out of a helicopter.

Elias Canetti wrote four volumes of his memoirs, and New Directions releases the final one today, Party in the Blitz.

In it, the Bulgarian-born, Nobel Prize winner writes about his time spent living in exile in postwar London, and the dislike he harbored for people in his social circle like T.S. Eliot, Wittgenstein, and Iris Murdoch.