Canetti, Elias

BORN 25 Jul 1905, Rustschuk - DIED 14 Aug 1994, Zürich
GRAVE LOCATION Zürich: Friedhof Fluntern, Zürichbergstrasse (Gruppe L, FG 80426 )

Elias Canetti was born in Bulgaria of Jewish-Spanish descent. His father Jacques Canetti was a merchant. In 1911 the family moved to Manchester and after his father died the family went to live in Vienna in 1912 and in Switzerland in 1916. From 1924 onwards Canetti studied chemics at the University of Vienna. In 1930 he started his "Comédie Humaine an Irren", a series of eight novels.

In 1934 Canetti married Veza Taubner-Calderon and after the nazis entered Austria they went to London. In 1949 he received the French "Prix International". In 1956 his play "Die Befristeten" premiered at the Playhouse in Oxford. After nearly 20 years of work his "Masse und Macht" was published in 1960.

In 1963 his wife died and in 1971 he married Hera Buscher. In 1979 he received the "Pour le Mérite" order and in 1981 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in Zürich and was buried close to James Joyce.

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The grave of Elias Canetti at the Fluntern Cemetery, Zürich.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2005)


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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 16 Jan 2022