The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit, Paperback

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Nobel Prize-winning author Canetti spent only a few weeks in Marrakesh, but it was a visit that would remain with him for the rest of his life.

In "The Voices of Marrakesh", he captures the essence of that place: the crowds, the smells - of spices, camels and the souks - and, most importantly to Canetti, the sounds of the city, from the cries of the blind beggars and the children's call for alms to the unearthly silence on the still roofs above the hordes.

In these immaculately crafted essays, Canetti examines the emotions Marrakesh stirred within him and the people who affected him forever.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780141195629



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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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