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North Africa

North Africa

Whether you’re trekking in the Atlas Mountains, enduring the heat in the Sahara, exploring the Roman ruins or wandering through the medieval cities of Morocco, we’ve got the best books to prepare you for your trip to North Africa. As a starting point, we recommend Paul Bowles, whose novels are rich with the flavors and ambience of Morocco.   

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – North Africa
The Return
hishammatar windowWriter Hisham Matar gained international recognition with his debut novel, In the Country of Men, which uses the perspective of a nine-year-old boy to show life in Libya following the 1969 revolution. Under dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya entered an oppressive, terrifying regime, which banished and murdered critics and committed brutal war crimes, leaving the country in a quiet state of terror. Matar has first-hand knowledge of these troubled times as a native Libyan who spent the first six years of his life in Tripoli. During these years, his father Jaballa bravely carried on illegal activities as a political dissident against the Gaddafi regime.