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Voices of Marrakesh [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Elias Canetti
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  • Taschenbuch: 103 Seiten
  • Verlag: Marion Boyars Publishers (31. August 1982)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0714525804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714525808
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,3 x 13,7 x 0,8 cm
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Klassiker der immer noch aktuell ist 13. Mai 2012
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Ein wunderbares Buch wenn man gerade diese phantastische Stadt besucht. Alltagsgeschichten die den Alltag in Marrakesch in der Mitte des letzten Jahrhunderts beschreiben und den Leser wenn er sich gerade vor Ort befindet zum genaueren Hinsehen verleiten. Wenn man sich wie Elias Canetti die Zeit zur genaueren Beobachtung nimmt kann man Szenen aus dem Buch wiederentdecken die sich auch nach vielen Jahrzehnten nicht verändert haben. Die perfekte Reiseliteratur.....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Marrakesh Resident Likes the Book 29. Januar 2004
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As a twelve-year foreign resident of Marrakesh, I read with interest this slim volume in about two hours. Before reading, I thought this was something written in the past 20 years. But I quickly discovered that the author's sejour in Morocco must have occurred in about 1959 (according to my Moroccan husband) due to certain events mentioned. (The book was first published in 1967.)
The book takes place in the time when Morocco was still part of the French Colonial Empire, and when the French had placed a "puppet" sultan on the throne. The author speaks of camel markets in Bab Khemis, the camels having walked in a train of 105 animals from the Western Sahara. Those not purchased by butchers (yes, for eating) in Marrakesh were to continue walking north to Settat, the end of the line for the camel trains (just outside of Casablanca). This must have been before trucking was the common method of transport. Occassional "blue men" of the Sahara could still be seen in Marrakesh.
This book will be of particular interest to any visitors of Moroccan Jewish origin who may be returning to visit the land of their parents. The author, we find out, is Jewish, and just happens to meet up with some members of the Jewish community. He gets pulled into their own little world (which no longer exists in Marrakesh, as most of that community emmigrated to Israel after 1967). He relates his experiences.
If you are thinking of traveling to Marrakesh, or anywhere in Morocco, this little book will open your eyes to the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Much of the city has changed, but the atmosphere has remained the same.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A vivid record of Marrakesh 14. Juli 2003
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"The Voices of Marrakesh," by Elias Canetti, has been translated from German by J.A. Underwood. The copyright page of the 2001 edition notes that both text and translation have a 1967 copyright date. The back cover notes that author Canetti was born in Bulgaria and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.
"Voices," which is divided into 14 short chapters, is the first person account of a visit to the Moroccan city of the title. Canetti tells of encounters with and observations of camels, beggars, donkeys, merchants, and other inhabitants of the city. The book is a fascinating record of cross-cultural contact, and includes an intriguing view into the Mellah, the Jewish quarter of Marrakesh.
The book is full of vividly rendered scenes; Canetti really brings these people and animals to life on the page. The book also has a dark edge as he recounts the exploitative underside of the city. Literacy and linguistic difference are also key themes.
"Voices" is a short text (103 pages), but rich in mystery, tragedy, and wonder. As a companion text I recommend "The Jaguar Smile," by Salman Rushdie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fresh, original and brilliantly written account 7. April 2007
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"The voices of Marrakesh. A Record of a Visit" is one of the sharpest and most original accounts of the life in the Moroccan city written by a tourist. The1981 Nobel Prize winner, and author of the famous "Auto da Fe", Elias Canetti, has described his impressions from the stay in Marrakesh. He was indeed a tourist, although the better word in his case might be "a visitor", and many of his observations are typical for such, but his language and style would make this slim book exciting anyway. His view makes the streets of Marrakesh interesting and mysterious, the camels have their own personal life, the donkeys accept their sad fate and the art of negotiation at the souk is a starting point for the divagations on the human nature.

There are, however, many chapters on not-so-touristically-obvious subjects. Canetti, being Jewish, was especially interested in the life of the Jewish minority and explored the Jewish quarter, which resulted in amazing observations, central to the book. His perception is acute and his opinion of people he encountered (he loved the native women!) are witty and deep at the same time. His voice is very fresh, the book does not sound like a guide, and one of the best points is that, despite his obvious fascination with his exotic surroundings, he can be very critical without being offensive and retaining the respect for the people he describes. His use of words is superb and the translation does not cause the loss of the flow and atmosphere he evoked.

Although written more than 50 years ago, "The Voices of Marrakesh" did not lose the charm and magnetizing quality.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Voyeur's Tenderness 28. Februar 2010
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This is, not surprisingly perhaps, yet another voyeur/flaneur version of exoticism. Canetti in this small book observes, intrudes, comments, walks, speaks French, gets frequently, guiltily and somewhat embarassingly excited by all the women he sees... and employs the gestures of a sympathetic, lonely walker who is trying to behave properly in a foreign country. He is sensitive when it comes to animals; when it comes to people, he sympathises with the paralysed, the crippled, the weak in the head. Somehow, through all this poeticised tenderness - and Canetti's writing (if not his life) is markedly tender - the reader may feel the writing is stifled and Marrakesh is presented as the city of the maimed. The vignettes are evocative and beautifully crafted all right, but there is something disquieting in the account.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Among the best of "travel books" 18. Juli 2011
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Elias Canetti must be one of the more obscure winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1981). Also, one of the more eclectic. His most noted works are "Auto-da-Fé", his only novel and a modernistic, apocalyptic tour de force; "Crowds and Power", a treatise of political/sociological philosophy; and THE VOICES OF MARRAKESH, a travel book. Just as "Auto-da-Fe" and "Crowds and Power" are singular works, VOICES too is idiosyncratic, unlike virtually all predecessor works of its genre.

The book was written, or at least first published, in the mid-Sixties, and it consists of impressions of a visit to Marrakesh from, it appears to me, just before Moroccan independence - in other words, the early Fifties. But details of time are not important in VOICES, and the book evinces a feel of timelessness.

Camels, beggars, souk merchants, storytellers, street urchins, koubbas, the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), scribes, marabouts, and more beggars. That is Canetti's Marrakesh, as sketched in limpid, minimalistic prose. Some of the incidents are so outlandish that I sense that Canetti is pulling the leg of his credulous reader. But there is no denying the charm, the mystery, and a certain otherworldliness of the book. THE VOICES OF MARRAKESH vacillates between the two themes of Canetti's overall work - humanism and the masses - and in the end seems to marry them in the bundle of rags that is plopped in the middle of the Djema el Fna emitting a deep, long-drawn-out, buzzing "e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-".
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