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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141195622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141195629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Canetti's feeling for the Orient is perceptible in The Voices of Marrakesh, a unique travel book (John Bayley London Review of Books )

Cosmopolitan in the tradition of Goethe (New York Times )

...this book takes on subtle dimensions as it ponders the inner meaning of new experience (Observer )

One of his shortest, most beautiful and most approachable works (Independent )

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Elias Canetti (1905-1994) is best known in the English-speaking world for Crowds and Power, Kafka's Other Trial and for the classic Auto-de-Fe. His family moved from Bulgaria to England, then Vienna, and he settled back in England in 1938. In 1981 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was cited by the Swedish Academy for his 'writings marked by a broad outlook and wealth of ideas and artistic power'.

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I wish I had read this before my recent visit to Morocco. Canetti gently instils a flavour of Marrakesh without resorting to fact overkill. It is a short book - which is not a criticism. It is the sign of a good writer to be able to say a lot in few words. I particularly enjoyed his sorties into the mellah, where now only ghosts of those occupants reside. His descriptions of the way animals are treated are hard to read, but still, I'm afraid, true. He also leaves some food for thought regarding the French colonial era. If you are planning a trip to Morocco, read this book before you go.
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Elias Canetti was in Marrakesh 50 years ago, but his diary-style pieces about his few weeks there are as valid today as they were then. It makes for a smooth and congenial read (as one might expect from a Nobel Literature prize winner) and conveys a real sense of this lively (now touristy) city. I recommend it to anyone planning a visit. A gem, and I was glad I discovered it.
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By R E E Malcolm on 3 Sep 2014
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Interesting writer, went on to read his autobiography
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Good Writing, But Detached 1 Jun 2014
By Rajiv Chopra - Published on Amazon.com
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In general, I can say that I liked the book, and the style of writing. There is something fluid and languid about the manner of writing, and I must say that this is a style that I sometimes wish I could borrow. However, this is the voice of Elias Canetti, and not mine.

He does manage to paint a very nice portrait of the voices of the land, and the stories of the people. He does this with a grace, and an insight that is rare. So far, so good.

So, why did I give this a three star, and not more? The only reason that I gave it this rating, is that I felt that, while he was in the place, he was a detached observer. It seemed to me that he came away somewhat untouched by the sights and sounds of the place, and this is the part that I could not relate to.

If there was more feeling, more of him in the stories, then this would have been, for me, a masterpiece.
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