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The Delicate Prey

(1950)
A collection of stories by

 
Paul Bowles once said that a story should remain taut throughout, like a piece of string. That tense, stretched tone is the key to this collection of 17 eerie tales by the author best known for The Sheltering Sky. The Delicate Prey is dedicated: "For my mother, who first read me the stories of Poe." If Poe had lived in Mexico, and he'd had ice water running in his veins to counteract his feverish romanticism, he might have crafted something like these odd vignettes about human frailty and cruelty. The setting is a world where palm trees are like "shiny green spiders," where bats reel silently overhead in a jet-black sky, where a hot, relentless wind blows across deserted plazas.

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"The Delicate Prey is in fact one of the most profound, beautifully wrought, and haunting collections in our literature.... Bowles's tales are at once austere, witty, violent, and sensuous. They move with the inevitability of myth. His language has a purity of line, a poise and authority entirely its own, capable of instantly modulating from farce to horror without a ruffle."" - Tobias Wolff


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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Delicate Prey (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-14-119582-7 / 978-0-14-119582-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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January 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Delicate Prey: And Other Stories
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-113734-0 / 978-0-06-113734-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Delicate Prey
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-88001-263-3 / 978-0-88001-263-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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February 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Delicate Prey
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-912946-01-6 / 978-0-912946-01-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Delicate Prey (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Paul Bowles
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   



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