Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti

William T. Wiley

Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti


Artist's Book

11" x8"


Arion Press

San Francisco, CA


Under $2,200

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The only work of travel writing by Elias Canetti, The Voices of Marrakeshwas first published in German in 1968. It is a record of a visit to Morocco by the author best known for his sociological work, Crowds and Power, an ambitious study of the roots of Fascism, and Auto-da-Fé, a novel set in Vienna on the eve of World War II. Canetti won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981. He was born in 1905, in Bulgaria, lived in Zurich and Vienna as a young man, settled in England in 1938, and died in 1994. The Voices of Marrakesh became a classic of literary travel writing and redefined the genre. Canetti provides no historical overview of the city or the country. His description of places and things is vivid, yet economical to the point of minimalism. The events Canetti describes could have taken place 100 years ago or yesterday or tomorrow.

Format: large octavo, 11 by 8 inches, 124 pages, plus 12 unnumbered pages for the colored leaves to which the etchings are attached. The type is Goudy Old Style, printed by letterpress. The photographs appear on verso pages, the etchings on recto pages. The etchings are 9.25 by 6.25 inches. The paper for the text is Mohawk Superfine. The paper for the etchings is Rives Lightweight. The paper for the mounting of the etchings is Fabriano Ingres. The photographs were printed in duo-tone and four-color offset lithography. The edition is limited to 350 numbered copies for sale, signed by the artist and photographer. For 300 copies of the edition, the book is bound with a brown cloth spine and red paper over boards. These copies are presented in an envelope made of the cover paper, with a fragment of the etching attached. For 50 copies of the edition for sale, those accompanied by the print, the book is bound as above, but with a brown leather spine, and presented in a slipcase of cloth and paper, with the fragment of the etching attached.

The book alone is out of print. A limited number of books accompany the William T. Wiley print "Canneti in Marrakesh". These sets may be purchased for $2,000. More information may be viewed at: