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The Sheltering Sky is a 1949 novel of post-colonial alienation and existential despair by American writer and composer Paul Bowles. The story centers around Port Moresby and his wife Kit, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. The journey, initially an attempt by Port and Kit to resolve their marital difficulties, is quickly fraught by the travelers’ ignorance of the dangers that surround them.  In his 1949 review for The New York Times, Tennessee Williams remarked, “With the hesitant exception of one or two war books by returned soldiers, The Sheltering Sky alone of the books that I have recently read by American authors appears to bear the spiritual imprint of recent history in the western world.”.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. First printing of the first edition. Hard bound in dust jacket. Meets all points of issue including $2.75 price on dust jacket.  Some minor wear to page edges and boards, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. The original Lustig designed dust jacket shows several tears, with spine edges and corners chipped. Now protected in clear removable mylar cover. The Sheltering Sky tells the story of an American couple who travel from New York to Northern Africa during the waning years of the colonial era. An instant critical and popular success, The Sheltering Sky established Bowles as an important American author. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 39428


The Sheltering Sky
Bowles, Paul

Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

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