The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti

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By Elias Canetti

Translated via JA Underwood

from the again of the book:

‘I got here into touch with camels on 3 events, and every one
occasion ended tragically.’ So starts this account of a remain in
Marrakesh by way of one of Europe’s significant modern writers.
Elias Canetti uncovers the mystery lifestyles hidden underneath the city’s
bewildering array of voices, gestures and faces. In a sequence of
sharply etched scenes he portrays the languages and cultures
of the humans who fill the bazaars, cafes and streets. The ebook
presents vibrant pictures of day-by-day existence: the storytellers in the Djema el
Fna, the armies of beggars prepared to set upon the unwary and the
rituals of Moroccan kin life.
Elias Canetti, most sensible recognized in the English-speaking global for the
classic novel Auto-da-Fef, this publication of essays Kafka's different Trial,
and for his autobiographies, used to be born in Bulgaria in 1905. In
1981 he acquired the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was once mentioned
by the Swedish Academy for his ‘writings marked via a huge
outlook and wealth of principles and inventive power’.

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I strolled among the children for a while, watching the rhythmic reading move­ ments that had made such an impression on me the day before. Then, leaving the school, I began to wander at random through the streets of the Mellah. My desire to set foot inside one of the houses had increased. I had made up my mind not to leave the Mellah this time without having seen a house from inside. But how was I to get inside? I needed a pretext, and, as luck would have it, one soon presented itself. I had stopped in front of one of the larger houses, the gateway of which was distinguished from the others by a certain respectability.

He drove off the unappeased with a lot of yelping and barking and pulled me away by the arm. When we had the house of prayer behind us he said *oui’ three times with his half-witted smile, although I had not asked him anything. It no longer seemed the same rubble heap as I retraced my steps. I knew now where its life and light were gathered. The old man inside the gate who had thrown himself with such vigour into the race on his crutches gave me a dark look; he said nothing, however, and kept his curse to himself.

We may have been seen,’ said my friend. ‘One gets a bad name. ' ‘But surely you can sit up on your own roof, can’t you? ’ ‘Then I must look away. I must show how uninterested I am. A woman’s just come up on the roof behind us, an old servant. ’ She was gone before I could turn round. ‘But then one’s less free on the roof than one is on the street,’ I protested. ‘Certainly,’ he said. ’ I watched the swallows and envied the way they went swooping at their ease over three, five, ten roofs at a time.

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