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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141971179
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

The Delicate Prey



'And then one day a solitary figure appeared, moving toward them across the lifeless plain from the west.One man on a camel... '

Paul Bowles's unforgettable short stories portray people facing hostile environments and the innate savagery of humanity. These three unbearably tense tales from sun-drenched and brutal climes tell of vengeance, abandonment, violence and cruelty enjoyed and suffered, in a surreal realm of horror.

This book includes The Delicate Prey, A Distant Episode and The Circular Ruins.
%%%'And then one day a solitary figure appeared, moving toward them across the lifeless plain from the west.One man on a camel... '
Paul Bowles's unforgettable short stories portray people facing hostile environments and the innate savagery of humanity. These three unbearably tense tales from sun-drenched and brutal climes tell of vengeance, abandonment, violence and cruelty enjoyed and suffered, in a surreal realm of horror.
This book includes The Delicate Prey, A Distant Episode and The Circular Ruins.

  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141971179
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

About the author

Paul Bowles

Paul Bowles was born in Jamaica, New York, in 1910. He began composing music and writing stories at a very early age, and at sixteen some of his poetry was published in the French literary magazine transition. At the age of eighteen he began his travels to Europe, North Africa, Mexico and Central America. A student of Aaron Copland, Bowles established his reputation early as a gifted composer. In 1945 he returned to writing short stories and by 1947, when he went to live in Tangier, fiction had become his major focus. He wrote four novels, The Sheltering Sky, Let it Come Down, The Spider's House and Up Above the World; one hundred short stories; a book of poetry; and many travel essays. He lived in Tangier until his death in November 1999.

In his obituary The Times described Bowles as 'one of the most unusual, unconventional and gifted men of his time', and the Independent wrote: 'Bowles was a mystic, a man of many abilities . . . he will be seen as a major twentieth-century writer'.

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