A Distant Episode: The Selected Stories

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Harper Collins, Jun 13, 2006 - Fiction - 368 pages
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A Distant Episode contains the best of Paul Bowles's short stories, as selected by the author. An American cult figure, Bowles has fascinated such disparate talents as Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Jay McInerney.


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A distant episode: the selected stories

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A noted composer and novelist, Bowles has won widest acclaim for his short stories. The selection he has made here stretches from The Delicate Prey ( LJ 11/15/50) through Unwelcome Words (Tombouctou ... Read full review


Preface by the Author
The Echo 13
Call at Corazón 28
Pages from Cold Point 40
The Circular Valley 61
The Delicate Prey 70
At Paso Rojo 79
Pastor Dowe at T a c a t é 96
The Frozen Fields 139
He of the Assembly 157
The Time of Friendship 172
Mejdoub 202
All a l 208
The Little House 235

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Paul Bowles was born in Queens, New York, in 1910. He began his travels as a teenager, setting off for Paris, telling no one of his plans. In 1930 he visited Morocco for the first time, with Aaron Copland, with whom he was studying music. His early reputation was as a composer and he wrote the scores for several Tennessee Williams plays. Bowles married the writer Jane Auer in 1938, and after the war the couple settled in Tangier. In Morocco Bowles turned principally to fiction. The Sheltering Sky—inspired by his travels in the Sahara—was a New York Times bestseller in 1950, and has gone on to sell more than 250,000 copies. It was followed by three further novels, numerous short stories, nonfiction, and translations. Bowles died in Tangier in 1999.

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