An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.
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Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. His collection, which he has protected and enlarged through both World War II and Czechoslovakia's years of Stalinism, numbers more than 1,000 pieces, all crammed into his two-room Prague flat.
Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and although he has considered defection, he always returns. He cannot take his precious collection with him, but he cannot leave it, either. And so Utz is as much owned by his porcelain as it is owned by him, as much of a prisoner of the collection as of the Communist state.
A fascinating, enigmatic man, Kaspar Utz is one of Bruce Chatwin's finest creations. And his story, as delicately cast as one of Utz's porcelain figures, is unforgettable.
-William Dalrymple, The Times Literary Supplement (London)
The celebrated author of such beloved works as In Patagonia and The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin was a nomad whose desire for adventure and enlightenment was made wholly evident by his writing. This marvelous selection of letters-to his wife, to his parents, and to friends, including Patrick Leigh Fermor, James Ivory, and Paul Theroux- reveals a passionate man and a storyteller par excellence. Written with the verve and sharpness of expression that first marked him as an author of singular talent, Chatwin's letters provide a window into his remarkable life and strikingly detailed insights regarding his literary ambitions and tastes.
In this vivid, powerful novel, Chatwin tells of Francisco Manoel de Silva, a poor Brazilian adventurer who sails to Dahomey in West Africa to trade for slaves and amass his fortune. His plans exceed his dreams, and soon he is the Viceroy of Ouidah, master of all slave trading in Dahomey. But the ghastly business of slave trading and the open savagery of life in Dahomey slowly consume Manoel's wealth and sanity.
pista de una piel similar y encuentra los vestigios de siglos de historia y las insólitas huellas de personajes improbables.
Exiliados y excéntricos de toda especie, vagabundos y descendientes de vagabundos, hombres y mujeres encallados en el tiempo dan una extraordinaria vivacidad a este libro espléndido, a este clásico de hoy.
Fascinado por estas prácticas antiguas y poéticas, Bruce Chatwin desvela a través de su experiencia en Australia no sólo la naturaleza de los aborígenes, sino la de los nómadas en general. Especie de manifiesto místico-exorcista en medio de un itinerario encantado, Los trazos de la canción es, al mismo tiempo, un libro de viajes, una novela y una colección de aforismos, y por encima de todo un texto singular, tan mágico como el asunto del que se ocupa.
«Cualquier amante de los libros de viajes, las fábulas, las novelas, la antropología —y casi cualquier cosa que quepa imaginar— celebrará la reedición de este libro de Bruce Chatwin. Porque Los trazos de la canción contiene todo eso y bastantes más cosas difícilmente imaginables antes de haberlo leído.» Mariano Antolín Rato, El Mundo
«Una mezcla de diario de viaje, autobiografía, historia, filosofía, ciencia, meditación y libro de aforismos... Chatwin lleva el género de viajes más allá de lo exótico y lo pintoresco, directamente hacia lo metafísico.» The Boston Globe
Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die.
Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey—through his own history—to reckon with the nature of language itself.
Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s final—and most ambitious—works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill, a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man’s history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
Cette merveilleuse sélection de lettres (à sa femme Elisabeth, à ses parents Charles et Marguerite, et à ses amis, parmi lesquels Patrick Leigh Fermor, James Ivory, Paul Theroux et Susan Sontag) écrites avec la verve et l'acuité qui ont fait de lui un écrivain au talent rare, offre un nouvel éclairage sur cet auteur exceptionnel.