'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' 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, ...Read More'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' 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".Read Less
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Very Good. Inscribed by Author(s) Editors: Albert Benveniste, Themistocles Hoetis. 8vo. Original illustrated wrappers. Paul Bowles dramatically entered literary consciousness with his tremendous first novel, The Sheltering Sky, in 1949. But it is in his short stories that Bowles achieved greatness in writing, and the two early stories, ėA Distant Episodeî and ėThe Delicate Preyî are by far his most powerful. When I first read these two stories in his first collection (1950) with the same name as the latter story I was so overwhelmed that I read each over immediately and subsequently read the stories out loud to many friends. More so than any writer in English, Bowles was able to capture in his art the confrontation of man with a vast, incomprehensible universe which so often does not neatly conform to his limited rational and emotional expectations. The story ėThe Delicate Preyî first appeared in this periodical published in Tangier (in undoubtedly very small numbers). Along with Bowles, contributors include James Baldwin, William Carlos Williams and Klaus Mann. This very fragile journal is one of the rarest items in a serious Bowles collection. It came from the collection of his authorized biographer, Virginia Spencer Carr, and it is INSCRIBED to her ėwith loveî by Bowles on the issue page as well as at his story. Given the delicate paper of the covers, this copy is in remarkable condition: the front illustrated cover is bright with just several tiny edge nicks; there is a vertical tear on the unprinted back cover (which could be repaired by a paper conservationist).
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