Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
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The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of twentieth-century literature. In this intensely fascinating story, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures.

A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

 

About Paul Bowles

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Paul Bowlesis a graduate of the London School of Economics and is currently affiliated with universities in China, Mexicoand Canada. He has had a long-standing interest in capitalism and its evolution, recently doing research on the issue of "globalisation." He has published widely on both globalisation and East Asian development and has also been involved in a project looking at economic reform in China. Halpern teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Ecco. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Self Help. Fiction

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The one story that always seems to stick in my mind and encapsulate the fiction of Paul Bowles is &q...Library of America publishes three Paul Bowles novels.

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Dialogue scenes are marked by these snippets of interior reflection where Kit, say, will think what she wants to say to Port, but will then say something else, a banal mask for what she really thinks.

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Bowles' novel – as if the foregoing synopsis isn’t clear enough – is a bleak picture of people lost in the world.

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The one story that always seems to stick in my mind and encapsulate the fiction of Paul Bowles is "A Distant Episode," the last story in his first collection, The Delicate Prey and Other Stories.

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Examiner

His first novel, “The Sheltering Sky” (Ecco – Harper Collins) was a bestseller in the 1950s, and was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1990, published records show.

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Entertainment Weekly

If there is one emotional state that almost always resists coming to life on film, it is alienation — the modern malaise.

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Spirituality & Practice

Port (John Malkovich) and Kit Moresby (Debra Winger) and George Tunner (Campbell Scott) arrive in Tangier in 1947 after leaving behind the urban delights of post-World War II New York.

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Rolling Stone

Though Bertolucci has cast the eighty-year-old Bowles in a small role – he sits in a cafe in Tangier and supplies occasional narration – the director hasn't found a way to reimagine the author's thoughts in film terms.

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