Item #6212 The Sheltering Sky. Paul Bowles.

The Sheltering Sky

London: Peter Owen, 1981. Reprint Edition. Octavo, publisher’s pumpkin cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.

"Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life." 1981 reissue of American expatriate writer, translator and composer Paul Bowles's first and best-known novel. Originally published in 1949, the story depicts the disintegration of a disaffected American couple in a faithless marriage as they travel deeper into the Sahara post-WWII. Considered a model of existential fiction and a landmark of 20th-century literature, the book led to Bowles’s recognition as a major modern figure and postwar writer. Dust jacket designed by Keith Cunningham. Owner inscription to front endpaper. Some foxing to edges; minor edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Uncommon. Item #6212


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