A Distant Episode, by Paul Bowles
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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