Category Archives: Africa

Hotel Rif, Tangiers

From Burgess’s 1968 novel Enderby Outside:

It was necessary that he stay near Rawcliffe’s beach-place, not to let his quarry slip out of his tan-polished hands. It was not windy now, but it was not warm. Autumnal Morocco. He could doze, all hunched up, in the shadow of the Acantilado Verde. In the morning he could drink coffee and eat a piece of bread (there was a dirham or so still in his pocket) and then, an eye open for Rawcliffe, get down to begging. There was a lot of begging here: no shame in it. There were a couple of rich hotels near the Acantilado Verdethe Rif and the Miramar: good begging pitches.

Destination Tangiers

Although not himself a member of what he called ‘the tribe of the Prophet Lot’, Burgess was drawn to Morocco’s Sodom-on-Sea and travelled there in the early ‘60s. Much of the novel Enderby Outside is set in North Africa.