American novelist and short-story writer, poet, translator, classical music composer, and filmscorer Paul Bowles has lived as an expatriate for more than 40 years in the North African nation of Morocco, a country that reaches into the vast and inhospitable Sahara Desert. The desert is itself a character in The Sheltering Sky
, the most famous of Bowles' books, which is about three young Americans of the postwar generation who go on a walkabout into Northern Africa's own arid heart of darkness. In the process, the veneer of their lives is peeled back under the author's psychological inquiry.
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"[The Sheltering Sky]
is one of the most original, even visionary, works of fiction to appear in this century." -- --Tobias Wolff
"It stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II." -- --The New Republic