Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

By Katherine Anne Porter

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316713900, 497pp.

Publication Date: May 1984


The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel explores themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty that are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published in 1962.

About the Author
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) was the author of many volumes of short stories and the novel "Ship of Fools. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, she is one of America's most distinguished women of letters.