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The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

Author(s): Elias Canetti

Location(s): Marrakech

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): 1940s

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 for ever.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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