By Paul Bowles
An American literary cult determine, Paul Bowles tested his legacy with the radical The Sheltering Sky. an instantaneous sensation, it grew to become a fixture in American letters. Bowles then lower back his energies to the quick tale -- the style he hottest and shortly mastered.
Bowles's brief fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in subject, marked through a special, delicately spare kind and a depressing, wealthy, unique temper, via turns chilling, ironic, and wry. In "Pastor Dowe at Tacaté," a Protestant missionary is shipped to the a long way reaches of the globe -- a spot, he discovers, the place his God has no energy. In "Call at Corazón," an American husband abandons his alcoholic spouse on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis right into a lethal serpent ends up in his violent demise, yet now not earlier than he feels the "joy" of sinking his fangs into human prey. additionally accumulated listed below are Bowles's most famed works, corresponding to "The soft Prey," a grimly pleasant story of vengeance, and "A far-off Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece of brief fiction."
"Beauty and terror move splendidly good jointly in [Bowles's] work," Madison Smartt Bell as soon as stated. although occasionally surprising, Bowles's tales have a symmetry that's haunting and eventually ethical. Like Poe (whose tales Bowles's mom learn to him at bedtime), Bowles had an instinctive adeptness with the nightmare imaginative and prescient. Joyce Carol Oates, in her advent to Too faraway from Home, writes that his characters are "at the mercy of buried needs skilled as exterior fate." In those masterful tales, our inner most fears are show up, tables are became, and allegiances are confirmed. destiny is an inexorable portion of Bowles's far-off landscapes, and its mental results on his characters are rendered with penetrating accuracy. Like Hemingway, Bowles is famously unsentimental, a talented craftsman of crystalline prose.
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