They've been in print for some time now, but I've only just got around to reading the three volumes of Elias Canetti's memoirs. He's an amazing writer who published a modernist European masterpiece when he was only twenty-six (Auto-da-Fé) and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. He was also personally acquainted with just about every major German writer of the first half of the twentieth century - Berthold Brecht, Robert Musil, Hermann Broch, Karl Kraus - to name just a few. He even managed to get a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Vienna before he decided to be a writer. Oh - and he had an affair with Gustav Mahler's daughter.