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Canetti, Elias
The Tower of Babel [Auto-Da-Fe]
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author's most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Gertrud Kraus in very old friendship from Elias Canetti October 1947." The recipient Gertrud Kraus was an Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel and close friend of Canetti. Kraus studied piano at the State Academy in Vienna but after graduating decided that what she really loved was dance. She enrolled again at the State Academy, this time in the modern dance department headed by Gertrud Bodenwieser. After graduation, she joined Bodenwieser's dance company. In the 1920s, Kraus's style was known as expressionistic dance, or German dance. In 1929 Gertrud Kraus, together with Gisa Geert, was chief assistant to Rudolf von Laban, director of a trade union parade during the "Vienna Festival" in Vienna. In 1930, an impresario invited her to perform in Mandate Palestine. Her tour was a great success and she was invited back the following season. In 1933, her company performed her work Die Stadt wartet ("The City Waits"), presenting the modern metropolis as a fascinating but dangerous place. It was based on a short story by Maxim Gorki. In 1933, while she was in Prague performing for the Zionist Congress, leaders of a Czech communist cell contacted her and tried to recruit her for their purposes. The next day, she went to the Palestine Office in Prague, and applied for immigration. Kraus moved to Tel Aviv in 1935, first living with friends and then renting a b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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