Paul Bowles' novels are often set in Northern Africa where he settled with his wife, Jane, in the late 1940s. They investigate the sometimes tragic consequences of dislocation from one's own cultural context; in "The Sheltering Sky", for example, a husband/wife/friend trio set out on a journey throug
Les Chants de Maldoror is based around a character called Maldoror, a figure of unrelenting evil who has forsaken God and mankind. The book combines an obscene and violent narrative with vivid and often surrealistic imagery.
In 1917, French writer Philippe Soupault discovered a copy of "Les Chan