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The Stories of Paul Bowles

The Stories of Paul Bowles

(2006)
A collection of stories by

 
An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story -- the genre he preferred and soon mastered.

Bowles' s short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry. In "Pastor Dowe at TecatÉ," a Protestant missionary is sent to the far reaches of the globe -- a place, he discovers, where his God has no power. In "Call at CorazÓn," an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death, but not before he feels the "joy" of sinking his fangs into his human prey. Here too are his most famous works, such as "The Delicate Prey," a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance and "A Distant Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece of short fiction."

Though shocking, Bowles's stories possess a symmetry between beauty and terror that is haunting and ultimately moral. Like Poe, Bowles had an instinctive adeptness with the nightmare vision. Like Hemingway, Bowles is famously unsentimental, a skilled craftsman of crystalline prose.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-621273-1 / 978-0-06-621273-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

January 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-113704-9 / 978-0-06-113704-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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June 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-093784-X / 978-0-06-093784-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

February 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Stories of Paul Bowles
Author(s): Paul Bowles
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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