Finlayson, Iain Tangier: City of the Dream

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Tangier: City of the Dream

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No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the 17th century, it has been a city of refuge and excitements - a city where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful, and a place where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary or inspiration from the city were Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Ronnie Kray, the unhappy Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Kenneth Halliwell, Cecil Beaton, Ned Rorem and Truman Capote.

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No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the seventeenth century, it has been a city on the edge, beyond the normal disciplines of government, a city of refuge and excitements where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful, where the outcasts of the world can at last breathe freely.

Cecil Beaton, William Burroughs, Joe Orton, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Hutton, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Jane and Paul Bowles are just some of the famous residents and habitués of this legendary city. It is this 'last resort of the living dead, alive but not madly kicking' which Iain Finlayson explores in his witty and often savage book.

'A dream congealed in stone… sky supersonic, orgone blue, warm wind… Such beauty, but more than that it's like that the dream is breaking through.'
WILLIAM BURROUGHS

'Finlayson's crisp narrative which bubbles into metaphorical rhapsody. Charming… and as elegant a history of the city as you could find anywhere.'
MAREK KOHN, 'Independent'

'Not a suitable gift for that apocryphal maiden aunt… Finlayson writes so elegantly and scathingly about Tangier and its infidel Nazarenes… one suspects his name has already been struck off a good few Tangier guest-lists'
PHILIP HOARE, 'Sunday Times'

'Finlayson is a brilliant juggler of moods and vignettes'
JONATHAN KEATES, 'Observer'

About the Author:

Iain Finlayson is the author of acclaimed biographies of James Boswell and Robert Browning, as well as books on such varied themes as the Scots, the writers of Romney Marsh and denim. He is Books Editor of Saga Magazine and reviews books for The Times as well as writing for Harpers Bazaar and the Scotsman, among others.

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