"The Sheltering Sky" is a novel by Paul Bowles. It was dedicated to his wife. Probably, this is one of the most difficult stories about relations. It’s not only about spouses, but also about those who could be called a friend. "Time" magazine awarded this book as one of the greatest novels of the XXth century. Bernardo Bertolucci took it to the big screen. Bowles, by the way, considered the movie to be extremely bad.