Synopses & Reviews
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 Fna, the armies of beggars ready to set upon the unwary, and the rituals of Moroccan family life. This is Marrakesh -described by one of Europe’s major literary intellects in an account lauded as "cosmopolitan in the tradition of Goethe" by the New York Times. "A unique travel book," according to John Bayley of the London Review of Books.
Marrakesh through the eyes and ears of one of Europe's major writers.
About the Author
Born in Bulgaria in 1905, Elias Canetti is best known for his novel AUTO DA FE and his study of mass humanity CROWDS AND POWER. In 1981 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1994. J.A. Underwood translates from the French and German. He has translated Sartre, Canetti, Robbe-Grillet, Arrabal and has won awards from his translations of Franz Kafkas fiction. He is currently part of a team preparing new translations of the complete works Sigmund Freud. He lives in the United Kingdom.