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Horses of God

Horses of God
  • Author(s): Mahi Binebine
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On the outskirts of Casablanca, next to the dump, is the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, where Yachine and his ten brothers grew up in the aimless chaos of drugs, violence, unemployment, and despair. The barefoot boys started their own...

Secret Son

Secret Son
  • Author(s): Laila Lalami
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

Casablanca’s stinking alleys are the only home that 19 year-old Youssef El-Mekki has ever known. Raised by his mother in a one-room home, the film stars flickering on the local cinemas screen offer the only glimmer of hope to...

The Final Bet

The Final Bet
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Casablanca. Othman, a handsome young Moroccan man, returns home to discover his elderly French wife, Sofia, brutally murdered in their bedroom. Highly educated but chronically unemployed, Othman had been in desperate straits before meeting Sofia, who pampered him with...

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty
  • Author(s): Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, Vendela Vida
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

“In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport-all of her money and identification. Though the...

A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me

A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me
  • Author(s): Youssef Fadel
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

In 1980s Casablanca, Farah arrives from her small town life with big dreams: she wants to sing. She meets Outhman, but he longs to leave the city, to seek his fortune elsewhere. They fall in love, but trouble brews...

Bled Dry

Bled Dry
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When a prostitute and her ill-fated lover are killed in a gruesome double murder, seasoned investigator Detective Hanash is called in. The case draws him into Casablanca’s slums, blighted by criminality, religious extremism, and despair. Hanash’s years on the...

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
  • Author(s): Laila Lalami
  • Location(s): Morocco, Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

There’s Murad, a gentle, unemployed man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife in hope of securing work in...

Mission to Morocco

Mission to Morocco
  • Author(s): J R Rogers
  • Location(s): Casablanca, Kenitra
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1944

An OSS officer is dispatched on a secret mission to French Morocco to dismantle a Nazi network reporting on the U.S. Navy’s Africa Squadron.

The Butcher of Casablanca

The Butcher of Casablanca
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A series of gruesome murders shakes the city of Casablanca. The killer knows exactly how the police will pursue him and how to obliterate evidence that could lead them to identify his victims. Fear spreads throughout the city as...

The Caliph’s House

The Caliph’s House
  • Author(s): Tahir Shah
  • Location(s): Casablanca, Tunisia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Writer and film-maker Tahir Shah – in his 30s, married, with two small children – was beginning to wilt under brash, cramped, ennervating British city life. Flying in the face of friends’ advice, he longed to fulfil his dream...

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