By Elias Canetti
Crowds and gear is a innovative paintings within which Elias Canetti reveals a brand new method of human historical past and psychology. Breathtaking in its diversity and erudition, it explores Shiite fairs and the English Civil warfare, the finger workouts of monkeys and the consequences of inflation in Weimar Germany. during this examine of the interaction of crowds, Canetti deals some of the most profound and startling photos of the human condition.
Elias Canetti's 1981 Nobel Prize was once provided as a rule at the foundation of this, his masterwork of philosophical anthropology approximately l. a. situation humaine on an overpopulated planet.
Ranging from football crowds and political rallies to Bushmen and the pilgrimage to Mecca, Canetti exhaustively reports the way in which crowds shape, improve, and dissolve, utilizing this taxonomy of mass stream as a key to the dynamics of social lifestyles. the fashion is summary, erudite, and anecdotal, which makes Crowds and tool this type of paintings that awes a few readers with its profundity whereas frustrating others with its elusiveness. Canetti likes to say whatever fantastic yet counterintuitive, after which depart the reader to determine either why he stated it and no matter if it's particularly real. --Richard Farr
"Canetti dissolves politics into pathology, treating society as a psychological activity--a barbaric one, of course--that has to be decoded."--Susan Sontag
About the Author
Elias Canetti (1905-94) was once presented the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. His writings comprise a singular, Auto-da-Fe, and 3 volumes of memoirs, The Tongue let out, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes.
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One important reason for the rapid growth of the baiting crowd that there risk involved. There is no risk because the is crowd have on their side. The victim can do nothing to them. bound or in flight, and cannot hit back; in his defencelesshe is victim only. Also he has been made over to them for destruc- immense He is ness no is superiority either tion; he is destined for it and thus no-one need fear the sanction attached murder stands for all the murders people have deny themselves for fear of the penalties for their perpetration.
Part of the death. Terrified integrate, Once a baiting crowd has attained its victim it disintegrates rapidly. Rulers in danger are well aware of this fact and throw a victim to the crowd in order to arranged solely for impede this the other hand, often its growth. purpose. fail Many political executions are The spokesman o£ radical to understand that the parties, on pubHc execution of a dangerous enemy may cut deeper into their own flesh than into that of the enemy party. It may well be that the crowd of their partisans wiU scatter after such an execution, and that they will not regain their strength for a long time, and perhaps never.
They see it and distinctly in front of them; they do not have to be satisfied with a vague symbol. Life is a pilgrimage towards it, but between them and their goal stands death. The way ahead is diflicult to know, for it is nowhere marked; many go astray and get lost. But the hope of the world beyond still colours the life of the behever to such a degree that we are entitled to speak of a slow crowd to which all the followers of clearly a faith belong in common. The anonymity of this crowd is particularly ; THE CROWD impressive.