Literature of Morocco for a General English-Reading Audience Leave a reply Several people have asked me for suggested reading from Moroccan literature. Here are some ideas… For language learning: Sakulich, Aaron. Moroccan Arabic: Shnoo the Hell is Going on Hnaa? A Practical Guide to Learning Moroccan Darija (2009) Novels: Hamdouchi, Abdelilah. The Final Bet: An Arabic Detective Novel 2008 translated by Jonathan Smolin (Arabic: Al-rihān al-akhīr 2001) Lalami, Laila. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005) – a novel about contemporary Moroccan society, written by a Moroccan-American author Toufik, Ahmed. Abu Musa’s Women Neighbors – a historical novel set in medieval Morocco, including mystics, romance, and shipwreck Memoirs: Abouzeid, Leila. Year of the Elephant 1989 (Arabic: ‘Ām al-fīl 1983) – from the independence era of the 1950s. You can read my review. Mernissi, Fatima. Dreams of Trespass (1995) – a famous feminist, sociologist, and social critic writes about her childhood in a traditional home of Fes in the 1940s. Short stories: Mohammed Zefzaf is well known for his short stories depicting daily life, but they’re not published in English yet to my knowledge. I found three stories in translation in an article, and would be happy to send a copy on request. Clark, Peter, ed. Sardines and Oranges: Short Stories from North Africa. London: Banipal Books, 2005. (includes Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia) Barrière, Loïc. Des nouvelles du Maroc. Paris: Editions Eddif; Editions Paris-Méditerranée, 1999. Just in case you read French… Folk Literature: El Koudia, Jilali. Moroccan Folktales. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2003. Peyron, Michael, trans. and ed. Berber Odes: Poetry from the Mountains of Morocco – a beautiful little collection! Cultural Resources: Humans of Morocco photography project with interviews If you’re traveling to Morocco, here is advice from MarocMama on clothing to pack for men and for women.