A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard
A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard


These are four tales of contemporary life in a land where cannabis, rather than alcohol, customarily provides a way out of the phenomenological world. Thus, of the men in these stories, Salam uses suggestions supplied by smoking kif to rid himself of a possible enemy. He of the Assembly catches himself up in the mesh of his own kif-dream and begins to act it out in reality; Idir's victory over Lahcen is the classical story of the kif-smoker's ability to outwit the drinker. Driss the soldier, with aid of kif, proves the existence of magic to his enlightened superior officer. For all of them the kif-pipe is the means to attaining a state of communication not only with others but above all with themselves.

"His work is art. At his best Paul Bowles has no peer."—Time

[W]riters and artists such as Williams, Jack Kerouac, Francis Bacon, Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg to Tangier. . .sought Bowles as an oracle, a writer whose work demonstrated its author as an original who saw farther, deeper, and clearer, and who refused to flinch."—The Australian

Title A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard
Author Paul Bowles
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
Title First Published 01 June 1981
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 90 p.
ISBN-10 0872860027
ISBN-13 9780872860025
Publication Date 01 June 1981
Main content page count 90
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95
 


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