In a letter written to Bernardo during the shooting of The Sheltering Sky (from July in streaming on the The Criterion Channel), Paul Bowles responds to the request to list the books that Kit and Port may have chosen for their journey into the desert. The letter is typed on white letter paper. These are the books, we entrust them to you for your summers, which can be inhabited by travel:

Enemies of Promise by Cyril Connolly

Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood

Amerika by Franz Kafka

The Wrong Set by Angus Wilson

Night Wood by Djuna Barnes

Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard

Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers

The Oasis by Mary McCarthy

Phoenix by D.H. Lawrence


Paul Bowles, Debra Winger, and Bernardo Bertolucci on the set of The Sheltering Sky
Bernardo Bertolucci and Paul Bowles