The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky. Paul Bowles.
Bowles' haunting novel of the post WWII Sahara
The Sheltering Sky

New York: New Directions, 1949. First American edition. Author's first book, basis for the 1990 Bernardo Bertolucci film starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.

Fine and unread in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Jacket with a touch of nicking to the extremities, and a tiny closed tear to the front panel, repaired with cello tape on the verso. Flap folds with some cracking, unrepaired.

Bowles’ first novel, which follows Port Moresby and his wife Kit’s harrowing Saharan travels after WWII, established his literary reputation and is considered a landmark of 20th century literature. In his 1949 New York Times review of the novel, Tennessee Williams described it as “a chronicle of startling adventure against a background of the Sahara and the Arab-populated regions of the African Continent… In this external aspect the novel is an account of startling adventure. In its interior aspect, "The Sheltering Sky" is an allegory of the spiritual adventure of the fully conscious person into modern experience…a first-rate story of adventure by a really first-rate writer” (Williams).

Modern Library Best 100 Novels in English.
Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #1912)

Price: $750