I love reading about a place I am travelling to – whether a travel book on a practical level, or a more immersive fictional story that simply uses the city as a context or backdrop.
There have been a few books published recently that I would definitely recommend for any visitor or traveller wanting to get below the skin of Tangier
The first I would recommend is this one : TANGIER From the Romans to the Rolling Stones
This book, literally hot off the press, was written by Richard Hamilton, a former BBC correspondent for North Africa.
Through the pages he “explores its hotels, cafés, alleyways and darkest secrets to find out what it is that has inspired so many international writers, artists and musicians.”
The author manages to bring the history of the city alive and by exploring the words of Moroccan novelist Mohamed Choukri who wrote that “in Tangier everything is surreal and everything is possible” he delves below the surface of Tangier through its ancient as well as its more contemporary history.
Another recent addition to the Tangier library explores the city on a primarily visual level through its interiors and architecture .
For a more practical, but no less visually pleasing read, In The Mood For has recently added Tangier to their list of curated city guides – it is available in either French or English online HERE or at Les Insolites in Tangier
And currently next to my bed is this book, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Set partly in the port of Algeciras it has only the most tenuous of links to Tangier beyond the title and the ferry they are waiting for, but it is in my opinion a beautifully written and evocative piece of writing that has drawn me into its atmospheric and gritty narrative.
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