The Sheltering SkyBook - 1949
Three Americans drifting through post-war North Africa encounter the limits of human existence in the form of a land and a people utterly alien to them.
Blackwell North Amer
A beautiful paperback edition of a landmark of 20th Century literature, by acclaimed author Paul Bowles
In this classic work of psychological terror, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture--and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them. The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky is at once merciless and heartbreaking in its compassion. It etches the limits of human reason and intelligence--perhaps even the limits of human life --when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the dessert.
A new edition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of a widely acclaimed and influential novel that follows three Americans as they endure the dangers of the North African desert, losing their smug superiority in the face of a strange and difficult world.