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A Distant Episode, title page
letterpress, etching and aquatint
13.5" x 21"
2003
A Distant Episode, pages 8 and 9
letterpress
13.5" x 21"
2003
A Distant Episode, pages 12 and 13
letterpress, etching and aquatint
13.5" x 21"
2003
A Distant Episode, pages 10 and 11
letterpress
13.5" x 21"
2003
A Distant Episode, pages 20 and 21
letterpress, etching and aquatint
13.5" x 21"
2003
A Distant Episode, tailpiece
letterpress and line block
13.5" x 21"
2003

The short story A Distant Episode, by Paul Bowles, is the account of a linguistics professor travelling in a fictional region of southern Morocco in the 1940s. While researching dialects, the naïve professor is unwittingly absorbed into the harrowing and incomprehensible societies of the desert hinterlands.

Images: 3 etchings; 1 drawing printed from a line block; by Isak Applin
Edition: 30 copies letterpress printed on Somerset Book paper
Typeface: Monotype Bembo
Printers: Isak Applin and David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions
Binding: quarter bound by Joel Spector of Fall Brook Bindery
Size: 13 ¼” x 10 ½”

Copies of this edition may be found in the special collections of New York Public Library, Delaware University, Smith College, Bowdoin College, Bates College and Wellesley College.

Paul Bowles was a 20th century American writer, composer and translator who lived in Tangier, Morocco for more than 50 years. Bowles’ writing was influenced by his post-war travels in North Africa, South Asia and Latin America. His prolific body of work includes semi-autobiographical novels, short stories, poetry, travel essays, musical compositions and recordings of Morocco folk music.

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A Distant Episode was reprinted by permission of Harper Collins Publications Inc.