There has never been a more fashionable nor a more instantly exotic destination than Marrakesh. It is a dream landscape, with the steel-blue backdrop of the High Atlas mountains, a hint of the desert, vast, weathered, red earth ramparts, tall tapering palms, orchards of oranges and verdant olives. In the evening, life concentrates on that disordered square of marvels
the Djemma el Fna - where storytellers, fortune-tellers and acrobats weave their nightly magic - and the packed, festive alleys of the souk. This book explores this mystique through the researches, speculations and scholarship of forty travel writers who have succumbed to the enchantment of the city.