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This book is dedicated to Erik, whose love and encouragement have seen me through many dark days, and to the people of Fez, Morocco.




Chapter 1 - Wednesday - 10:15 am


"O Fez! In you are gathered all the beauties of the world. How many are the blessings and riches that you bestow on your inhabitants. The challenge will tax man's capacities and imagination to the full." Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow b.1921


Quickly placing the precious seeds into a pocket of his djellaba, Fettah Bou Chantouf walked out of the herbalists shop and down the narrow street, barely an arms span wide. Turning right onto the Tala'a Kebira, he merged into the deluge of shouted bargaining by local shoppers, school children, tourists and vendors.

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