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En 1947 una pareja que atraviesa una profunda crisis vital emprende un viaje a África con el fin de buscar solución a sus problemas. Él es un músico que desea encontrar inspiración en este viaje por el desierto; ella anhela que la pasión vuelva a renacer en su matrimonio. A partir de aquí las cosas se complican mucho más de lo que los dos esperan. El cielo protector fue llevada al cine por Bernardo Bertolucci en 1990, con Debra Winger y John Malkovich como sus principales intérpretes. Paul Bowles, como siempre en su obra, consigue crear en El cielo protector un clima de magia y embriaguez que envuelve un vigoroso análisis de las relaciones de dominación y dependencia entre los seres humanos. Paul Bowles nació en Nueva York en 1911. Su vocación vaciló, al principio, entre la música y la literatura. A partir de 1941 se concentra en ésta, dando lugar a un verdadero encadenamiento de obras magistrales. Lleva casi toda la vida fuera de EE UU, sobre todo en Ceilán y Marruecos. Ahora vive en Tánger, lejos de la vanidad del éxito, pero cada vez más afincado en él.
Exemplary stories that reveal the bizarre, the disturbing, the perilous, and the wise in other civilizations -- from one of America's most important writers of the twentieth century.
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism.
This volume collects the music criticism Bowles published between 1935 and 1946, with an interview conducted by Irene Herrmann shortly before his death.
The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of twentieth-century literature. In this intensely fascinating story, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Set in Fez, Morocco, during that country's 1954 nationalist uprising, The Spider's House is perhaps Paul Bowles's most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting and uncompromising in its characterizations. Exploring once again the dilemma of the outsider in an alien society, and the gap in understanding between cultures-recurrent themes of Paul Bowles's writings-The Spider's House is dramatic, brutally honest, and shockingly relevant to today's political situation in the Middle East and elsewhere.
The short fiction of American literary cult figure Paul Bowles is marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry--possessing a symmetry between beauty and terror that is haunting and ultimately moral. In "Pastor Dowe at Tecaté," a Protestant missionary is sent to a faraway place where his God has no power. In "Call at Corazón," an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death. Here also are some of Bowles's most famous works, including "The Delicate Prey," a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and "A Distant Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece."
Inmore than forty essays and articles that range from Paris to Ceylon, Thailand to Kenya, and, of course, Morocco, the great twen-tieth-century American writer encapsulates his long and full life, and sheds light on his brilliant fiction. Whether he's recalling the cold-water artists' flats of Paris's Left Bank or the sun-worshipping eccentrics of Tangier, Paul Bowles imbues every piece with a deep intelligence and the acute perspective of his rich experience of the world. Woven throughout are photographs from the renowned author's private archive, which place him, his wife, the writer Jane Bowles, and their many friends and compatriots in the landscapes his essays bring so vividly to life. With an introduction by Paul Theroux and a chronology by Daniel Halpern
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