A Mor­rocco An­thol­ogy Travel Writ­ing through the Cen­turies

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Martin Rose (ed) Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Cairo Pub­lished: 2018 Price: £11.99 (Hard­back)

One of the most di­verse and fas­ci­nat­ing coun­tries in the world is seen through the eyes of early writ­ers and trav­ellers

Mo­rocco is a coun­try that has been much in­vaded, much trav­elled through, and much writ­ten about in many lan­guages. Po­si­tioned at the en­trance to Africa—or the en­trance to Europe—it has seen deep cul­tural cross-fer­til­iza­tion and the emer­gence of a very dis­tinct cul­ture at the thresh­old of two worlds.

Its his­tory is ex­cit­ing and colour­ful; its an­cient cities ex­tra­or­di­nary in their preser­va­tion; and its peo­ple mag­netic. It has drawn trav­ellers and writ­ers for many cen­turies, and con­tin­ues to do so to­day. There­fore there ex­ists a rich seam of de­scrip­tion and some­times quizzi­cal (but gen­er­ally very fond) ap­pre­ci­a­tion, which Martin Rose, a long-time res­i­dent of the coun­try, has been able to mine for this fas­ci­nat­ing an­thol­ogy.

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