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Morocco

Morocco
  • Author(s): Walter M Weiss, Stefan Tobler (Translator)
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

While much of the Middle East is now engulfed in conflict and repression, Morocco remains a curious anomaly: peaceful and open to the West, it has provided refuge for artists and writers for generations, and it remains an exotic...

Sex and Lies

Sex and Lies
  • Author(s): Leila Slimani
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In these essays, Leila Slimani gives voice to young Moroccan women who are grappling with a conservative Arab culture that at once condemns and commodifies sex. In a country where the law punishes and outlaws all forms of sex...

Year of the Elephant

Year of the Elephant
  • Author(s): Leila Abouzeid
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

The novella and eight short stories that constitute “Year of the Elephant” – an allusion to a battle described in the Qur’an – serve as an eloquent representation of life in the wake of Morocco’s successful struggle for independence...

The Serpent’s Daughter

The Serpent’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Suzanne Arruda
  • Location(s): Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

Joining her mother for a holiday in the ancient port city of Tangier, American adventuress Jade del Cameron expects their trip will be far less dangerous than her safaris in East Africa. But soon after their introduction to a...

Valley Of The Casbahs: A Journey Across the Moroccan Sahara

Valley Of The Casbahs: A Journey Across the Moroccan Sahara
  • Author(s): Jeffrey Tayler
  • Location(s): Sahara, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): contemporary

The four-hundred-and-fifty-mile long Draa River Valley in the Moroccan Sahara contains some of the most sumptuous oases and searing desert of the Arab world, starting in the moonscape gorges of the Anti Atlas Mountains through to a green sea...

Let It Come Down

Let It Come Down
  • Author(s): Paul Bowles
  • Location(s): Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

Let It Come Down, with its title from Macbeth, tells the story of Dyar, a New York bank clerk who throws up his secure, humdrum job to find a reality abroad with which to identify himself, and his macabre...

Palace in the Old Village

Palace in the Old Village
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From ‘Morocco’s greatest living author’ (The Guardian) comes a heartbreaking novel about parents and children, the powerful pull of home and the yearning for tradition and family. Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he...

Dreams Of Trespass: Tales Of A Harem Girlhood

Dreams Of Trespass: Tales Of A Harem Girlhood
  • Author(s): Fatima Mernissi
  • Location(s): Fez
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1940

“I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco…” So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass , Mernissi weaves...

This Blinding Absence of Light

This Blinding Absence of Light
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1971

In this extraordinary non-fiction novel, based on a true story, Tahar Ben Jelloun traces the experiences of Salim who, in 1971, took part in a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. With sixty others Salim...

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit
  • Author(s): Elias Canetti
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

Nobel Prize-winning author Canetti spent only a few weeks in Marrakesh, but it was a visit that would remain with him for the rest of his life. In The Voices of Marrakesh, he captures the essence of that place:...

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