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  • Published: 4 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780141187778
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

The Sheltering Sky




'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. Endeavouring 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.

  • Published: 4 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780141187778
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

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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