In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot

In Tangier we Killed the Blue Parrot is a novel set in Morocco in the 1940s and weaves a story around the well-known writers, Paul and Jane Bowles. Paul was a composer and author of The Sheltering Sky, and Jane was the author of Two Serious Ladies.
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In Tangier we Killed the Blue Parrot is a novel set in Morocco in the 1940s and weaves a story around the well-known writers, Paul and Jane Bowles. Paul was a composer and author of The Sheltering Sky, and Jane was the author of Two Serious Ladies.

This mesmerising novel draws the reader into the creative, erotic and exiled minds of Paul and Jane Bowles. Their struggles to write and their struggle to love, both each other and others, creates an unusually rich experience for the reader, and one which is hard to forget.

'A haunting tale, delicately told. Adair has done an impressive amount of research to lay bare the underbelly of authorial fame. Writerly narcissism, betrayal, moral confusion, love, lust and loss are the themes developed here in the context of the historical foray of Jane and Paul Bowles into Morocco. It is a reading experience that lingers in the mind through the quiet but compelling depictions of artistic grandiosity, hubris and despair set against a backdrop of power struggles in dysfunctional relationships and against the weft of politics and an economy of survival in a developing country. Hard questions about the ethics of writing and authorship in any comparable situation clearly inform this narrative and lend a self-reflexive depth to all the voices that Adair so skillfully evokes for her purpose. Yet it also leaves the reader with an overbearing sense of melancholy and sadness about the (unavoidable?) traps of desire and exoticism that any western writer confronting any " other" will encounter.' – Marlene van Niekerk

About the Author
Barbara Adair
teaches human rights law and global democracy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She writes exotic travel articles. In Tangier we Killed the Blue Parrot  was shorlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2004.

To learn more about Jane & Paul Bowles click here to visit the authorised Paul Bowles website.

Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Barbara Adair
ISBN: 9781919931968
Size (mm): 210x148mm
Pages: 176pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
Colour
Black & White
Publication Date
Thursday, 01 January 2004 02:00
Language
English
Rights
World
Format
Paperback
Availability
In Stock
Author
Barbara Adair
ISBN
9781919931968
Size (mm)
210x148mm
Pages
176pp