Margot Mifflin
August 23, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Dream at the End of the World: Paul Bowles and the Literary Renegades in Tangier

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michelle Green
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
War, Nonfiction
We gave it an A

The Dream at the End of the World is a smartly written account of post-WWII expatriate Tangier revives an era you might have thought squeezed dry by the numerous books about William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jane Bowles, and Paul Bowles, a cult writer who reached a wider audience last year with the filming of his novel The Sheltering Sky. Green, a senior writer at People, evokes the artists and socialites who were drawn to Tangier in the ’50s and ’60s for its abundant drugs, seedy exoticism, and erotic attractions. Balancing in-crowd folklore with interviews, she expands her subject by including such inner circle satellites as painter Francis Bacon, author Alfred Chester, and heiress Barbara Hutton. A Moroccan movable feast with Bowles as its polestar, this is the first overview of the bohemian boomtown where, it was said, ”nothing is true, everything is permitted.” A

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