The Tangier Diaries

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857736647

Category: History

Page: 256

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Tangier in the 1960s and '70s was a fabled place. This edge city, the 'Interzone', became muse and escapist's dream for artists, writers, millionaires and socialites, who wrote, painted, partied and experienced life with an intensity and freedom that they never could back home. Into this louche and cosmopolitan world came John Hopkins, a young writer who became a part of the bohemian Tangier crowd with its core of Beats that included William Burroughs, Paul and Jane Bowles and Brion Gysin, as well as Tennessee Williams, Jean Genet, Yves Saint Laurent, Barbara Hutton and Malcolm Forbes. Those intoxicating decades - Tangier's 'Golden Years' - are long gone. Grand old houses that once sparkled with life are shuttered and dark and most of the eccentrics who once lived and loved in the city have died. But here, in the pages of John Hopkins' cult classic, all the decadence and flamboyance of those days is brought to life once more.
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The Tangier Diaries

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781780768458

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9165

Previous edition: London: Arcadia, 1997.
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The South American Diaries

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780932274649

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

View: 2912

Chronicles the year, 1972-73, in which John Hopkins left Morocco and travelled in South America with the Dutch aristocrat, Madeleine van Breughel.
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Orton Diaries

Author: Joe Orton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780413777249

Category:

Page: 328

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The White Nile Diaries

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857734849

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 4673

It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, in 1961: Two young Princetonians have returned to New York from South America. With the fire for adventure still burning in their veins, they are tempted by a mysterious letter from Kenya and plan a trip across Africa. They buy a white BMW motorcycle and paint the words “The White Nile” on the tank, to honor the route they will follow. In limpid, elegant prose John Hopkins describes deadly salt flats where tourists vanish without a trace, mysterious Saharan oases, and the funerals of young Tunisians killed by the French Foreign Legion. In Leptus Magna he conjures visions of ancient Rome and visits Homer’s fabled island of the Lotus Eaters. They escape armed vigilantes in the Tunisian desert, and are chased by the border patrol across Libyan sands. They climb the Great Pyramid at Giza at dawn, endure “The Desert Express” across the Nubian desert, and travel by paddlewheel steamer through the Sudd, a swamp bigger than Britain. But the final adventure, at the idyllic Impala Farm at the foot of Mount Kenya, turns out to be a poisoned paradise.
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Tangier

City of the Dream

Author: Iain Finlayson

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780769261

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 1330

The classic history of Tangier during its heady golden era, available in paperback ten years after its original release
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All I Wanted was Company

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: Arcadia Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 8956

Love and solitude seem like irreconcilable opposites to Norman, a young American. His love affairs in Tangier with two older women end with the death of one and the disappearance of the other, sending him to the Sahara, alone on the edge of time . . .
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The Blind Man of Seville

A Novel

Author: Robert Wilson

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547537580

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7225

A Spanish detective investigates a series of grisly killings in a crime thriller that maintains “an almost unbearable pitch of excitement” (Booklist). Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he finds there. Strewn like flower petals on the victim’s shirt are the man’s own eyelids, evidence of a heinous crime with no obvious motive. When the investigation leads Falcón to read his late father’s journals, he discovers a disturbing and sordid past. Meanwhile, more victims are falling. While he struggles to solve the case, he comes across a missing section of his father’s journal—and becomes the murderer’s next intended victim. Combining suspenseful storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the human psyche, The Blind Man of Seville is a terrifying and “consistently stunning” police procedural from the Gold Dagger Award–winning author of A Small Death in Lisbon (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
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Tangier

A Literary Guide for Travellers

Author: Josh Shoemake

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780762763

Category: History

Page: 286

View: 1944

A multi-layered exploration of the literary history of Tangier explores the geographical and cultural qualities that have attracted outcasts, outlaws and writers for centuries, citing its inspiration of such works as Burroughs's Naked Lunch and Bowles's The Sheltering Sky.
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The Kenneth Williams diaries

Author: Kenneth Williams,Russell Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 827

View: 886

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The Flight of the Pelican

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: Chatto & Windus

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

View: 6212

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Tangier Buzzless Flies

Author: John Hopkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American fiction

Page: 371

View: 4616

A story about writer's friendship with a Moroccan he met while prospecting for oil in the Spanish Sahara.
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Gertrude

Author: Hassan Najmi

Publisher: Interlink Publishing

ISBN: 162371043X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 8951

As Hassan Najmi’s acclaimed novel begins, our unnamed narrator befriends an elderly man, Muhammad, who, as a young man, worked as a tour guide in the city of Tangier. Muhammad tells the narrator about his most famous clients, the renowned Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice Toklas, who—on the recommendation of Henri Matisse—hired Muhammad as their guide when they visited Morocco. Now close to death, Muhammad begs the narrator to take his papers and write his life story. Soon we learn that Muhammad once accepted Stein’s invitation to visit her in Paris, and even lived for a time in a roof-top room in her apartment. There he participated in Stein’s famous salon, meeting Picasso, Appollinaire, Hemingway, Anais Nin, and the many other luminaries in Stein’s circle. As the narrator is drawn further into Muhammad’s story, he finds himself also drawn into a relationship with the cultural attaché at the American Embassy in Rabat, a beautiful African-American woman who becomes as interested in the story of Stein’s visit to Morocco as she obviously is in the young Moroccan who is researching it. Together they continue their quest into the past to rediscover Stein, a quest that will take them in unexpected new directions, in a novel that bursts with different varieties of passion at the hands of a master storyteller and poet.
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Naked Lunch

Author: William S. Burroughs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007115198

Category: Drug abuse

Page: 228

View: 4966

The anarchic, phenomenally strong-sellling classic from the godfather of the Beats.
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The Prestige

Author: Christopher Priest

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780765356178

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9611

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seance, and from this moment they try to expose and outwit each other at every turn.
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The Sheltering Sky

Author: Paul Bowles,Paul Theroux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141195131

Category: Americans

Page: 341

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The Moresby's are Americans abroad, but some journeys are best left unmade...... Struggling to save their marriage, they resolve to trade civilization for the wilderness of the Sahara. At first, the pair are seduced by the deserts beauty. But beneath the exquisite landscape lurk the dark undercurrents of an alien culture, and the relentless dangers of a hostile natural world. And as they travel deeper, they might not only lose their way. They could lose their lives . . .
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The Innocents Abroad

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Europe

Page: 651

View: 7799

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Junky

Author: William S. Burroughs

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141187006

Category: Drug abuse

Page: 158

View: 7758

'Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.' This novel depicts the addict's life: his hallucinations, his ghostly noctural wanderings, his strange sexuality and his hunger for the needle.
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Let it Come Down

Author: Paul Bowles

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141182209

Category: Morocco

Page: 318

View: 740

Let It Come Down, with its title from Macbeth, tells the story of Dyar, a New York bank clerk who throws up his secure, humdrum job to find a reality abroad with which to identify himself, and his macabre experiences in the inferno of Tangiers as he gives in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism.
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Morocco That Was

Author: Walter Harris

Publisher: Andesite Press

ISBN: 9781298491305

Category:

Page: 386

View: 7741

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