In Patagonia

In Patagonia

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By (author) Bruce Chatwin, Introduction by Nicholas Shakespeare

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 190mm x 16mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 19 January 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099769514
  • ISBN 13: 9780099769514
  • Edition statement: Neuausg.
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 17,545

Product description

Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.

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Author information

Bruce Chatwin was born in Sheffield in 1940. After attending Marlborough School he began work as a porter at Sotheby's. Eight years later, having become one of Sotheby's youngest directors, he abandoned his job to pursue his passion for world travel. Between 1972 and 1975 he worked for the Sunday Times, before announcing his next departure in a telegram: 'Gone to Patagonia for six months.' This trip inspired the first of Chatwin's books, In Patagonia, which won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M.Forster Award and launched his writing career. Two of his books have been made into feature films: The Viceroy of Ouidah (retitled Cobra Verde), directed by Werner Herzog, and Andrew Grieve's On the Black Hill. On publication The Songlines went straight to No.1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and remained in the top ten for nine months. On the Black Hill won the Whitbread First Novel award while his novel Utz was nominated for the 1988 Booker prize. He died in January 1989, aged forty-eight.

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"Elliptical and alive, this is a brilliant travel book" Observer "It is hard to pin down what makes In Patagonia so unique, but, in the end, it is Chatwin's brilliant personality that makes it what it is... His form of travel was not about getting from A to B. It was about internal landscapes." Sunday Times "The chameleon traveller...who wrote books in a genre of their own, and whose life was his own subtlest creation... a complex, flamboyantly gifted and rather tragic figure" -- Colin Thubron Guardian

Editorial reviews

As much a voyage of the imagination as a truthful description of a journey, this extraordinary book, first published in 1978, changed the landscape of travel writing forever. As Paul Theroux discovered, in a later attempt to pursue Chatwin's course, the Patagonia he recorded, was not easily revisited by anyone else, save in this book. Chatwin's encounters with Welsh descended farmers, his tales of Butch Cassidy's Argentine hide out and the general sense of awe at the harsh beauty of Patagonia should fire the imagination of most readers. This is a short but wonderful ramble of people, places and thoutghts. As well as being a writer of magnficent style, Chatwin was a connoisseur of the unusual. None of his characters blend into the surroundings; all are bewitched and multifaceted, shining like a brilliantly cut gem. A jewel amongst travel books. (Kirkus UK)