Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Spider’s House
Paul Bowles

£12.00

Fez, 1954, and American ex-pat Stenham reluctantly accepts a guide for his night-time walk home through the streets of the Medina. A nationalist uprising is transforming the country, much to the annoyance of Stenham, who enjoys the trappings of the old city. His path soon crosses with the young, illiterate son of a healer, another outsider to the newly politicised life of Morocco, in this brutally honest novel of life in the midst of terrorism, violence and the ugly opportunism that accompanies both. Paul¬†Bowles’s most masterly novel combines his classic themes: the conflict of Eastern and Western cultures and the trials of otherness.

Paperback, 432pp
Penguin Books, 2009 (1955)
ISBN 9780141191362