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This is an auction for A HOUSE IN FEZ by Suzanna Clarke.

Subtitled "Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco". review:

"When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated riad, or traditional courtyard house, in the ancient Medina of Fez, their friends thought they were mad. Located in a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, the house was beautiful but in desperate need of repair. Walls were in danger of collapse, the plumbing non-existent. It was a state common to many of Fez's exquisitely crafted houses, which were falling to ruin for want of local funds to restore them. Or worse, they were being bought by foreigners and modernised. With a view to living there semi-permanently, Suzanna was determined to restore the riad to its original splendour. Never mind that neither she nor her husband spoke Arabic and had only a smattering of French, or that doing business in Morocco is like being transported back centuries in time. All the rebuilding was done by hand, by artisans using techniques as old as the Medina itself, in a process that veered between frustration, hilarity and moments of exhilaration. But A House in Fez is no do-it-yourself book: it is a rich and insightful account of engaging with Moroccan culture at its most intimate level. With its history and with Islam, with traditional Sufi rituals and the world of women. With djinns and spirits and other folklore. With the pressures of the modern on the ancient; with the vibrant, life-filled marketplaces and the irresistible Moroccan cuisine. And most of all, with the people themselves - warm, friendly, hospitable to a fault."

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Large format hardback 2007.

295 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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