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Bowles, Paul 1910-1999

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The sheltering sky ; Let it come down ; The spider's house by Paul Bowles( Book )

209 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 17 languages and held by 4,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Bowles had already established himself as an important American composer when, at the age of 38, he published The Sheltering Sky and became widely recognized as one of the most powerful writers of the postwar period. By the time of his death in 1999 he had become a unique and legendary figure in modern literary culture. From his base in Tangier he produced novels, stories, and travel writings in which exquisite surfaces and violent undercurrents mingle. Bowles - who once told an interviewer, "I've always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born"--Charts the collisions between "civilized" exiles and unfamiliar societies that they can never really grasp. In fiction of slowly gathering menace, he achieves effects of horror and dislocation with an elegantly spare style and understated wit. This Library of America volume, containing his first three novels, with its companion Collected Stories and Later Writings, is the first annotated edition of Bowles' work, offering the full range of his literary achievement: the portrait of an outsider who was one of the essential American writers of the last half century." "The Sheltering Sky (1949), which remains Bowles' most celebrated work, describes the unraveling of a young, sophisticated, and adventuresome married couple as they make their way into the Sahara. In a prose style of meticulous calm and stunning visual precision, Bowles tracks Port and Kit Moresby on a journey through the desert that culminates in death and madness." "In Let It Come Down (1952), 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 this darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles' second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism." "The Spider's House (1955), the longest and most complex of Bowles' novels, is set against the end of French rule in Morocco. Its characters - ranging from a Moroccan boy gifted with spiritual healing power to an American writer who regrets the passing of traditional ways - are caught up in the clash between colonial and nationalist factions, and are forced to confront cultural gulfs widened by political violence."--Jacket
Collected stories & later writings by Paul Bowles( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the author's short stories, a novella titled "Up Above the World," and a travel book first published in 1963
Let it come down by Paul Bowles( Book )

97 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nelson Dyar leaves his tame bank job in New York to work in a friend's travel agency in Tangier, only to learn that the agency is a front for illegal currency exchange
The spider's house by Paul Bowles( Book )

63 editions published between 1955 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Collected stories, 1939-1976 by Paul Bowles( Book )

41 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tea on the mountain--The scorpion--By the water--A distant episode--The echo-Call at Corazon--Under the sky--Pages from Cold Point--(etc.)
The stories of Paul Bowles by Paul Bowles( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Tecate," a Protestant missionary is sent to a faraway place where his God has no power. In "Call at Corazon," 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."
Up above the world; a novel by Paul Bowles( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Onwaarschijnlijke gebeurtenissen in de Mexicaanse woestijn doen het geloof van een Amerikaans echtpaar aan geijkte normen en waarden wankelen, en blijken tot een levensgevaarlijke situatie te leiden
The delicate prey and other stories by Paul Bowles( Book )

39 editions published between 1930 and 2015 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exemplary stories that reveal the bizarre, the disturbing, the perilous, and the wise in other civilzations
Their heads are green and their hands are blue by Paul Bowles( Book )

37 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from the non-Christian world, by novelist-explorer
Midnight mass by Paul Bowles( Book )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Par un "entomologiste de l'âme humaine". Quinze nouvelles qui ont pour cadre le Maghreb ou l'Extrême-Orient
A distant episode : the selected stories by Paul Bowles( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains twenty-four short stories by American cult figure Paul Bowles
The time of friendship; a volume of short stories by Paul Bowles( Book )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The music of Paul Bowles by Paul Bowles( )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Senso by Luchino Visconti( Visual )

19 editions published between 1954 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Venice, during the spring of 1866, it is the last month of the Austrian occupation of the Veneto. The Italian government has forged a pact with Prussia, and another war of liberation in the ongoing Risorgimento is imminent. Countess Livia Serpieri, unloved by her collaborator-husband but sympathetic to the cause of freedom espoused by her patriotic cousin Roberto, meets Austrian officer Franz Mahler as she begs him to call off a duel with Roberto. She falls in love with young, philandering, and mercenary officer, the country marches to revolution, and her dedication to the cause wilts under her desire and obsession. Mesmerized by him, she betrays not only her husband and cousin, but the revolution, too, with tragic results
A hundred camels in the courtyard by Paul Bowles( Book )

23 editions published between 1962 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lemon; a novel by Mohammed Mrabet( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful and shocking narrative recounts the adventures of Abdeslam, a precocious twelve-year-old Moroccan boy who runs away from his home in the Rif Mountains to Tangier. There he struggles to retain his childlike innocence and native pride while striving to support himself in the corrupt and decadent international port. He takes up with a longshoreman and soon meets a rogue's gallery of friends, mostly hustlers and down-and-outers. With his characteristic brilliance and streetwise charm, Mrabet develops the novel's ambiguous theme of the necessity of violence to retain one's innocence. -- from (Feb. 26, 2014)
Points in time by Paul Bowles( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tien prozastukken geven een impressie van 24 eeuwen Marokkaanse geschiedenis
The boy who set the fire & other stories by Paul Bowles( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The glass menagerie by Tennessee Williams( Recording )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this semi-autobiographical play the domineering matriarch of the Wingfield family tries to find a "gentleman caller" for her fragile daughter
Love with a few hairs by Mohammed Mrabet( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 1986 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The sheltering sky ; Let it come down ; The spider's house
Alternative Names
Bawlz, Būl 1910-1999

Bawulz, Būl 1910-1999

Boulz, Pol 1910-1999

Bowles 1911-1999

Bowles, Paul F. 1910-1999

Bowles , Paul Frederic

Bowles Paul Frederic 1910-1999

Bowles, Paul Frederic 1911-

Bowles, Paul Frederic 1911-1999

Bowles, Paul Frederick.

Bowles, Paul Frederick 1910-

Bowles Paul Frederick 1910-1999

Būlz, Būl 1910-1999

Būwulz, Būl 1910-1999

Paul Bowles Amerikaans schrijver

Paul Bowles amerikansk komponist og skribent

Paul Bowles amerikansk kompositör och författare

Paul Bowles amerykański pisarz

Paul Bowles compositeur, écrivain, et voyageur américain

Paul Bowles scrittore e compositore statunitense

Paul Bowles US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Komponist

Paulus Bowles

Боулз, Пол 1910-1999

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Collected stories & later writingsLet it come downThe spider's houseCollected stories, 1939-1976The stories of Paul BowlesUp above the world; a novelThe delicate prey and other storiesTheir heads are green and their hands are blue