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The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

Paperback Penguin Red Classics

By (author) Paul Bowles, Introduction by Paul Theroux, Edited by Michael Hoffman

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141187778
  • ISBN 13: 9780141187778
  • Sales rank: 35,727

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'"The Sheltering Sky" is a book about people on the edge of an alien space; somewhere where, curiously, they are never alone' - Michael Hoffman. Port and Kit Moresbury, a sophisticated American couple, are finding it more than a little difficult to live with each other. Endeavoring to escape this predicament, they set off for North Africa intending to travel through Algeria - uncertain of exactly where they are heading, but determined to leave the modern world behind. The results of this casually taken decision are both tragic and compelling.

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Born in New York in 1910, Paul Bowles is considered one of the most remarkable American authors of the twentieth century. He studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving to Tangier, Morocco, with his wife, Jane. His first novel, The Sheltering Sky, was a bestseller in the 1950s and was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1990. Bowles's prolific career included many musical compositions, novels, collections of short stories, and books of travel, poetry, and translations. His other novels include The Spider's Nest, Up Above The World, and Let It Come Down.

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"It stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II."--"The New Republic""[The Sheltering Sky] is one of the most original, even visionary, works of fiction to appear in this century."--Tobias Wolff