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The Burning of the Books


This powerful sequence of 14 poems is the result of a unique collaboration between writer George Szirtes and artist Ronald King.

Its genesis was King’s long fascination with Elias Canetti’s ‘Auto da Fe’, the famously grotesque yet marvelous novel set in pre-war Vienna which contributed to Canetti winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. To accompany his illustrations, King commissioned Szirtes to write a text inspired by and related to Canetti’s great work.

A second reproduced duotone hardback version 220×160 mm was published in 2009 in collaboration with Full Circle Editions.