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Paul Bowles


The author of the classic novel The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles' prose and poetry is rich in images of Northern Africa, his words containing a beauty and transcendence that shimmer and dance like the sun upon his much-loved Sahara sands. He reads in a voice that is at once distant and knowing, understated and entirely objective, all without being flat. One can hear how his writings bear more than a fleeting resemblance to his adopted continent, evident in how he languorously shifts from haunting and lasting beauty to simple yet profound lyricism, and to repulsive and terrifying violence he recounts with a keen and unsympathetic eye. Look no further than "The Delicate Prey," a harrowing account of the torture and murder of a boy by a pitiless marauder. Bowles is backed by Ambient music provided by Bill Laswell -- soundscapes that are sometimes chilling and barren, and other times soothing and evocative of nature.
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