All About Morocco and Marrakech
When it comes to Moroccan books and literature – there are books about Morocco, books set in Morocco and books by Moroccan writers. In fact, so rich is Moroccan literature that you could make it your reading theme for life and you’d be kept very busy, well informed and highly entertained.
Here are our top picks:
Year of the Elephant by Leila Abouzeid
When published in English in 1989, “Year of the Elephant” was the first novel by a Moroccan woman to be translated from Arabic into English.
The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah
A great piece of travel writing where we follow the author’s struggle to restore a house and set up home in Morocco.
Amazir by Tom Gamble
An adventure across Morocco from the bustle of Marrakech to the beautiful solitude of the Atlas Mountains.
Love and Other Possibilities by Lewis Davies
The author embarks on a journey that takes us into Sri Lanka, Wales, Spain, India and Morocco. At best, it allows us to see the world in a different way.
Streetwise by Mohamed Choukri
A novel that explores the life of twenty year old Mohamed Choukri, who determinedly decides to learn to read and write, and joins a children’s class at the local state school in Tangier.
The Last Patriarch by Najat El Hachmi
A novel, or family saga, portraying a family struggling with conflict, duty and desire, set in rural Morocco.
This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
A tale of a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II of Morocco.
Let it Come Down by Paul Bowles
A hedonistic novel about an American bank clerk who travels to Tangiers.
Marrakech, The Red City: The City through Writers’ Eyes by Barnaby Rogerson
An anthology of writings about Marrakech which brings together a wide range of authors and diverse yet subtle themes.
Cinnamon City by Miranda Innes
An ex-pat tale of falling for Marrakech and renovating a riad.
Additional Reading List For Morocco
- A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke
- Allah’s Garden: A True Story of a Forgotten War in the Sahara Desert of Morocco by Thomas Hollowell
- The Butter Man by Elizabeth Letts
- The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit by Elias Canetti
- Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
- Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi
- Travels with a Tangerine: From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam’s Greatest Traveler by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
- In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah
- A Street in Marrakech by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
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