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Clean and tight in original white and red cloth binding in nice dustjacket. Bowles first short story collection after THE DELICATE PREY (1950). The preoccupations which have marked his fiction - the illuminations and deceit of friendship, the shifting line between illusion and reality, the energies of youth and the sadnesses of age, the transformations in the psyche induced by kif smoking - are all present with a force and vision which, at times, brings the reader to his own borders of perception." ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings.