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The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

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Winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, Elias Canetti uncovers the secret life hidden beneath Marrakesh’s bewildering array of voices, gestures and faces. In a series of sharply etched scenes, he portrays the languages and cultures of the people who fill its bazaars, cafes, and streets. The book presents vivid images of daily life: the storytellers in the Djema el F ...more
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Published September 1st 2002 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published 1968)
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Steve
[This book has been translated into English as The Voices of Marrakesh.]


In Die Stimmen von Marrakesch (1967) Elias Canetti (1905-1994) takes us into the bazaars and alleyways of Marrakesh with his typically quiet and intensely observant manner. Visiting Marrakesh for the first time, he has deliberately made no preparations to learn about the city and its inhabitants. He wants to experience it all with as much innocence as is possible for an elderly man of the world.

That isn't the way I travel,
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Teresa
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Em 1952, Elias Canetti esteve em Marraquexe com um grupo de amigos — uma equipa de cineastas que lá se deslocou para a rodagem de um filme — e aproveitou esses dias para conhecer a cidade. Observou, conversou com os habitantes e dessa experiência dá-nos conta em catorze belos e emocionantes textos.

Como aliciante para futuros leitores deste precioso livro, transcrevo os títulos, que me parecem mais sugestivos, de alguns capítulos:

- Encontro com camelos
- Os souks
- As lamentações dos cegos
- O silê
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ArturoBelano
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canetti ve Kamuran Şipal çevirisi.. Başka sözüm yok hakim bey desem yeter belki ama tanımayan okur için bir iki kelam edelim.

Öncelikle eseri cem yayınevinin 1987 basımından okudum. Bu baskı üç bölümden oluşuyor. 1. Bölümde Canetti Fas'da geçirdiği günlerden geriye kalanları öykü- anı- denemenin iç içe geçtiği bir üslupla anlatıyor. Bu bölüme dair Canetti'ye duyduğum sevgiden kaynaklı oryantalizm kaygım vardı ki hikayeler( develer, kör dilenciler, allah allah sesleri) bu sulara yelken açılacak du
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مروان البلوشي
تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : بداية الألفية.
في بعض الآحيان تخرج جائزة نوبل عن التزامها الجامد بتتويج فائز ينتمي حصرا لجنس أدبي معين. ولا شك أن إلياس كانيتي هو من العقول والأقلام الموسوعية التي تستحق التكريم والاحتفاء. ما الذي قدمه كانيتي؟ عدى عن كتابه الفكري المهم "الجماهير والسلطة" فإن كتاباته اتسمت دوما بالجمع المكثف والأنيق بين أنواع مختلفة من المعرفة في بوتقة أدبية وأحيانا حكائية ذات تقنيات حداثية ولكن بنفس كلاسيكي جذاب.

في هذا الكتاب الأنيق الذي ينتمي إلى أدب الرحلات، يقوم كانيتي بتسجيل وتحليل أصوا
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mai ahmd
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رحلة الياس كانيتي الكاتب الألماني من أصل بلغاري في المغرب هي رحلة تأملات وأصوات كثيرة عبرها السارد مشدوها بتلك الحكايات والأسرارالغريبة , التي تختفي خلف جدران وساحات تجري فيها العيون المتلصصة والأصابع الصغيرة , على الرغم من الكثير من المشاهد التي سارت بكانيتي والتي قد تثير غثيان أي زائر أجنبي إلا أنه كان إنسانيا جدا في التعامل مع الفقر الجهل الولاة أوالعميان الأطفال وحتى المجانين , نظرة كانيتي ورؤيته تستحق التقدير ألا يكفي أنه غرق في حب هذه المدينة فتعاطف مع جمالهم وحميرهم ولم يغب عنه صوتا حتى و ...more
Ahmed Almawali
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
علاقةُ إلياسِ كانيتي بمراكشَ ليستْ علاقةَ سائحٍ عابرٍ وإنَّما علاقةٌ غريبةٌ مشوبةٌ بحزمةٍ من العواطفِ، ومعرفةِ المجهولِ واكتشافِ عاداتِ الناسِ وحياتِهم الداخليةِ؛ لذا فنصوصُه هنا لم تكنْ نصوصًا عاديةً بلْ مبهرةً، فأنا الذي لم أزرْ مراكشَ نقَلَني إليْها، نقَلَني إلى : أسواقِها أسواقِ بيعِ الإبلِ والحميرِ، وأسواقِ البهاراتِ، وأسواقِ الملابسِ التقليديةِ المراكشيةِ ، إلى مُتسوليها وهمْ يحتلونَ هنا موضعًا أساسيا لمْ يكونوا على هوامشِ الكتابِ كهامشيتِهم في الحياةِ والموقفِ النبيلِ الذي يُبديه إلياسُ ت ...more
Markus
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In den Aufzeichnungen über seinen Aufenthalt in Marrakesch erweist sich Elias Canetti als ein großer Meister der Kunst, sich seiner Sinneseindrücke, Empfindungen und Gedanken ganz pur und ohne jede Bewertung gewahr zu sein. Ich würde diese Kunst gerne als Achtsamkeit bezeichnen, wenn man dieses Wort noch verwenden könnte. Canetti erzählt von der Stadt und seinen Erlebnissen mit ihren Bewohnern in einfacher, klarer und melodiöser Sprache, urteilsfrei, so wie er sie in ihrer Essenz wahrgenommen ha ...more
Beth Bonini
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, essays
I hesitated about whether to describe this as a book of essays or short stories. Canetti certainly presents them as realistic sketches, but I cannot help but feel that they were also shaped into little stories by the author. Mind you, if all of the details were just as he experienced them, it makes the book even more fascinating! Canetti starts off in an amusing way, with a story about three unfortunate encounters with camels. Some of my favourite lines in the collection were in this essay. The ...more
Claudia
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sara Jesus
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores livros de viagem que li! Fiquei chocada do modo como os marroquinos tratam os camelos. Animais tão majestousos!

O narrador retrata o mercado, os escribas e a sociedade de Marrocos. Deu-me vontade de conhecer tão beloo lugar!
Dagio_maya
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nel 1954 Canetti prende una pausa dalla stesura del saggio "Massa e potere" e si reca in Marocco con amici che fanno parte di una troupe cinematografica
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"Quando si viaggia si prende tutto come viene, lo sdegno rimane a casa. Si osserva, si ascolta, ci si entusiasma per le cose più atroci perchè sono nuove"

E' con questo spirito che Canetti visita la città di Marrakech e, tornato a casa, sente l'urgenza di fermare su carta i ricordi, di giocare con le parole per riprodurre suoni: ne esce fuori uno
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Gaetano
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressioni di viaggio del premio Nobel Elias Canetti.

Anche se non è un vero e proprio romanzo, ho trovato molto coinvolgente la lettura di questi frammenti narrativi scritti durante un soggiorno di Canetti nel 1954 a Marrakech.

Mi sono trovato insieme a cammelli, donne velate, mendicanti ciechi e mercanti ebrei magnificamente descritti dall’autore in una sorta di quadro pittorico della città marocchina composto da attraenti macchie cromatiche. Come quelle delle matasse colorate nei suk dei tinto
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Janez
Il s'agit d'un livre sur le rythme de vie d'une des plus importantes villes du monde arabe, de Marrakech au Maroc. Elias Canetti fait revivre devant nos yeux les sons de la place centrale de Marrakech, Djema el-Fna (ou Jamaa el Fna), les cris des muezzins depuis le haut des minarets, les conversations des vendeurs de rue, les stéréotypes coloniaux européens… Tous les sons de cette ville particulière, surnomée la Perle du Sud, se réunissent dans le son du Monde qui nous n'est que trop peu connu.
Şahika
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canetti'nin Fas yolculuğundan izlenimleri. Yahudi mahallesi Mellah'ı ziyareti, evlerin içini çok merak ettiği için rastgele tanıştığı Dahan ailesiyle yaşadıkları ilginçti.
George K.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Δεύτερο non-fiction βιβλίο που διαβάζω στην σειρά, αυτή την φορά από τον Νομπελίστα συγγραφέα Ελίας Κανέτι. Πρώτη μου επαφή με το έργο του Κανέτι, δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα, η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου φάνηκε ένα απλώς συμπαθητικό βιβλίο, όχι ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρον ή ιντριγκαδόρικο. Ο Κανέτι επισκέφθηκε το Μαρόκο το 1954 και σ'αυτό το μικρό βιβλίο διαβάζουμε τις εντυπώσεις που αποκόμισε από την χώρα αυτή, αλλά ειδικότερα από το Μαρακές. Το βιβλίο χωρίζεται σε δεκατέσσερα κεφάλαια (ή ιστορίες), ...more
Tom
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I lived in Marrakesh as a child in the '50s so this was a really nostalgic trip for me, made highly enjoyable by Canetti's keen and observant eye which conjures up the true spirit of a wonderful city. Highly recommended
David Ramirer
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
reiseberichte gehören nun wirklich nicht zu meiner lieblingslektüre, was wohl auch damit zu tun hat, dass ich selbst lieber im inneren meines kopfes unterwegs bin als diese erdkugel großräumig zu beackern.

wenn ich aber reise, dann mache ich es staunend und unwissend, dem neuen ort unbefangen begegnend, versuche mein leben in der neuen umgebung zu leben, wie gefärbt von den fremden, neuen eindrücken.

ganz so hat canetti in diesem übersichtlichen büchlein marrakesch geschildert: keine "profunde" an
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Mindy McAdams
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming short essays based on close observations made while Canetti wandered the streets of Marrakech during a single brief visit in 1954. Having just returned from there, I enjoyed every word. I don't know if the blind beggars are still there (I didn't see them), but the winding streets and hidden courtyards, glimpsed through low doorways, certainly are. The Jews of Marrakech are almost all gone now, and Canetti's encounters with them are a reminder of how vital they once were to Morocco's eco ...more
Billy O'Callaghan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'The Voices of Marrakesh' is my first experience of Elias Canetti's writing, and I am hooked. It's a short, sweet book, of a wide-eyed westerner poking around a strange, exotic city, drinking in all the colour and the noise, finding wonders under every stone. The fourteen short chapters allow him to sample and drop subjects, and Canetti is the perfect camera: gently intrusive, fearless in his curiosity, whether it is through gatecrashing the aftermath of a wedding and flirting with the bride, in ...more
Ffiamma
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"quando si viaggia, si prende tutto come viene, lo sdegno rimane a casa. si osserva, si ascolta, ci si entusiasma per le cose più atroci solo perché sono nuove. i buoni viaggiatori sono gente senza cuore"
canetti racconta marrakech- le sue impressioni di marrakech- attraverso brevi pennellate. i suoni, i colori, gli odori, il miscuglio di poesia e brutalità- si avvicina senza dare giudizi a una città diversa e misteriosa e ne scopre la bellezza (evidente e nascosta). letto poco prima di partire p
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Zaynab Nasri
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
une ville traversée par ses sons, à travers son vacarme, et quelques histoires qui se racontent sans débuts ni fins. c'est le récit d'un regard qui s'efforce à devenir aveugle par le pouvoir des sons et des voix qu'il commence par entendre, puis prend plaisir à écouter, j'aurai dit que c'est le carnet de voyage d'un homme aveugle.
Simon
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A series of sketches of people and places, brilliantly evocative, humorous, compassionate and perceptive. Made me want to visit Marrakesh immediately, which is just as well as I read it on the flight over there...
Isabella
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-prize
Ogni capitolo si apre su una diversa strada della Marrakech degli anni cinquanta. Canetti annota cose che forse noi non noteremmo nemmeno, e non lo fa con l'occhio del viaggiatore ma con quello dell'innamorato, del curioso e del poeta.
أحمد شاكر
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هي رحلة أصوات ووجوه، أكثر منها رحلة جغرافيا وتأملات، كأن كانيتي كان يبحث عن وجه قديم نسيه، أو صوت فر من أذنه..
Sara Alhooti
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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يجب الاعتراف بأن ما دفعني لـ شراء الكتاب اسمه، وغلافه
ولم يكن للكاتب أي علاقة في قرار الشراء.. وكم كانت دهشتي كبيرة أن إلياس كانيتي حاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب عام 1981م .. مع هذا لم أسمع عنه شيئا


في هذا الكتاب يتبع كانيتي - الكاتب البلغاري - الأصوات في مراكش
ويكتب عنها كأنها شيء محسوس ..
تبعته من خلال نصوصه إلى أزقتها، وساحاتها، وأسواقها المدهشة
هناك حيث اختلطت الأصوات .. وخلدها هو في كتابه
أكثر من أعجبني في كانيتي قربه من الناس
ومحاولته لـ فهم الفقراء والمتسولين..




الترجمة أنيقة ..


ينتمي هذا الكتاب ل
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Laurie
Canetti's fourteen vignettes evoke a still colonial Marrakesh in gentle, spare prose. One could read these pieces purely for the enjoyment of a well crafted description of a brief visit inside the courtyard home of a Jewish family in the walled Mellah, or an unexpected encounter with beggars in a cemetery, but there is more subtly taking place. The careful reader will find the complexity of the human condition and the life force in all beings which seeks expression in the midst of despair.
Issam Benqassou
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جميل أن ترى بلادك بعيون غريبة ، لكن الأجمل هو أن تكون العيون الغريبة للكاتب الكبير "إلياس كانيتي" الحاصل على جائزة نوبل للأداب سنة 1981.

Marrakech
Delara H F
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نگاه دقيق و جالبي به زندگي مردم مراكش، وقتي مستعمره ي فرانسه بود. كه البته قابل تعميم دادن به زندگي جهان سومي مشرق زمين هم هست.
Caroline
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Steve wrote a great review; I won’t try to add anything.
Mohamed El-Dhshan
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أدب الرحلات كما يجب أن يكون، عندما تكون للرحلات أصوات.
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Awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power."

He studied in Vienna. Before World War II he moved with his wife Veza to England and stayed there for long time. Since late 1960s he lived in London and Zurich. In late 1980s he started to live in Zurich permanently. He died in 1994 in Zurich.

Author of Auto-da-Fé, Party in the
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“Travelling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. One looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. Good travellers are heartless.” 36 likes
“ها أنذا أحاول أن أجترح تصوير شيء ما، و ما إن يلفني الصمت حتى أدرك أني ما قلت شيئا على الإطلاق. ثمة مادة دبقة، نورانية، على نحو بديع، بقيت في أعماقي تتحدى الكلمات. و هي اللغة التي لم أتفهمها هناك، و التي من المحتم أنها الآن تجد ترجمتها في دواخلي؟ هناك أحداث، صور، و أصوات بدأ معناها الآن ينبعث حياً، تلك الكلمات التى لم تعرف التسجيل و لا الصياغة التي تكمن فيما وراء الكلمات، أبعد غوراً، أكثر التباساً من الكلمات.” 8 likes
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