The Sheltering Sky

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HarperCollins, Oct 24, 2000 - Fiction - 313 pages

A beautiful paperback edition of a landmark of 20th Century literature, by acclaimed author Paul Bowles

In this classic work of psychological terror, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture--and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them. The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky is at once merciless and heartbreaking in its compassion. It etches the limits of human reason and intelligence--perhaps even the limits of human life --when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the dessert.

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So why is the male protagonist named after the capital of Papua New Guinea? A fact of which the author was surely not ignorant as the place figured prominently in World War II? Read full review

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Tennessee Williams reviewed this book when it first came out in 1949. This is a quote from his review: "In its interior aspect, The Sheltering Sky is an allegory of the spritual adventure of the fully ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Paul Bowles was born in 1910 and studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving to Tangier, Morocco. A devastatingly imaginative observer of the West's encounter with the East, he is the author of four highly acclaimed novels: The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider's House, and Up Above the World. In addition to being one of the most powerful postwar American novelists, Bowles was an acclaimed composer, a travel writer, a poet, a translator, and a short story writer. He died in Morocco in 1999.

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