Elias Canetti

„It is impossible live in a really beautiful city on a continuous basis - it takes away one’s aspiration and yearnings.“

Elias Canetti was born in Bulgaria on July 25th, 1905, as the eldest son of a wealthy Jewish-Spanish mercantile family. At barely 16 years of age, Canetti together with his mother and two brothers moved into “Pension Bettina” in the fashionable Westend district of Frankfurt am Main, for three years. From there it was just a stone’s throw to Wöhler-Realgymnasium, the school where he completed his university entrance diploma in 1924.

His lodging at that time – today’s Hotel Palmenhof – salutes its famous resident and guest with a commemorative plaque and photographs of the author.

The German language became the literary home of the much-travelled author. For Canetti, the time he spent in Frankfurt not only marked the end of his childhood - it also influenced his work, which was honoured with numerous prizes - the Nobel Prize for Literature (1981) and the Grand Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1983).

On the 100th birthday of Elias Canetti, Hotel Palmenhof was awarded the “Literaturland-Hessen” plaque, which commemorates buildings and places connected to Hessian authors.

 

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