"All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams" - Elias Canetti
Novelist, playwright, non-fiction writer, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Bulgarian cultural icon Elias Canetti occupies a special place in the country's Danubian identity. In Danube (1989), Claudio Magris described Canetti’s claim that ‘in Ruse the rest of the world was called Europe, and whenever anyone went up the Danube as far as Vienna he was said to be going to Europe’. Canetti represents the more general interplay of internality and externality that characterizes the Danube region, its nations, its history and its peoples. His work Crowds and Power (1962) discusses how centralized political power and mass political behavior are brought to bear on each other across the Danube region. Canetti’s interests led his readers through the tumultuous Danubian landscape of conflict and cooperation. Put by Magris, Canetti ‘opened his eyes upon the world – a poet destined to divine and depict with exceptional power the delirium of the age, which dazzles and distorts the vision of the world’.