The dilemma of the outsider in an alien society, and the gap in understanding between cultures, recurrent themes of Paul Bowles's writings, are dramatized with brutal honesty in this novel set in Fez, Morocco, during that country's 1954 nationalist uprising. Totally relevant to today's political situation in the Middle East and elsewhere, richly descriptive of its setting, and uncompromising in its characterizations, "The Spider's House" is perhaps Bowles's best, most beautifully subtle novel.
Harper Perennial, 2003.ISBN: 0060578912. 406 pp.Softcover. Near fine.
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