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Paul Bowles began travelling the moment he could - leaving America as a teenager to visit Gertrude Stein in Paris. He settled in Morocco after the war, and for thirty years travelled in North Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, Indian and Sri Lanka (where he bought an island). He wrote articles, essays and journals along the way - writing which ranks with his novels in its astute observation, dry wit and impeccable prose.

Travels brings together for the first time Paul Bowles's travel writing and journals. It includes the full text of his book Their Heads Are Green along with thirty other pieces, previously unpublished in book form. They are accompanied by fifty photos from the Bowles archive.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 26mm | 618g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0956003877
  • 9780956003874
  • 371,810

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Bowles is at his best when writing about places. He can evoke a place with a few sure strokes. * New York Times *
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About Paul Bowles

Paul Bowles (1910-99) was the author of four novels, most famously The Sheltering Sky, a New York Times bestseller that was later filmed by Bertolucci. He was also a composer of note, writing music for Tennessee Williams' plays on Broadway.

In 1938 Paul Bowles married the writer Jane Auer (Jane Bowles - author of Two Serious Ladies). Although both had mainly same sex relationships, they were devoted companions and lived in flats above one another in Tangier, Paul's home from 1947 until his death. As well as his own writing, Paul Bowles was the original translator of Jean-Paul Sartre (he coined the title "No Exit") and Jorge Luis Borges, and edited a remarkable sequence of books by Moroccan storytellers, notably his long-term friend and collaborator, Mohammed Mrabet.

Publication of Travels celebrates the centenary year of Paul Bowles' birth (December 10th, 1910, Jamaica, Queens, New York State).
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