Elias Canetti: Die Stimmen von Marrakesch [The Voices of Marrakesh]

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In 1954 Elias Canetti (1905-94), the Bulgarian-Austrian-Jewish writer who had taken refuge from the Nazis in England, visited Morocco (North Africa) as guest of his British friend and benefactor, Aymer Maxwell. The purpose of the trip was to shoot a film, but Canetti went along purely as a tourist. Die Stimmen von Marrakesch. Aufzeichnungen nach einer Reise [The Voices of Marrakesh. A Record of a Visit, 1967, actual publication: 1968] is a collection of anecdotes, observations, and reflections that arose from this experience.

This compilation of fourteen vignettes begins with “Encounters with Camels” (“Begegnungen mit Kamelen&…

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Donahue, William Collins. "Die Stimmen von Marrakesch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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