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Under the Sun : The Letters of Bruce Chatwin

By (author) Bruce Chatwin , Edited by Elizabeth Chatwin , Edited by Nicholas Shakespeare

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The definitive collection of correspondence from a legendary writer, providing new perspectives on his extraordinary life. 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. A man of intense energy and chameleonlike complexity, he was, in his life as in his art, forever in quest of the exotic and the unexpected. He moved at ease within diverse art, literary, and social circles, and his lifelong travels took him to the farthest-flung corners of Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia. This marvelous selection of letters-to his wife, Elizabeth; to his parents, Charles and Margharita; and to friends, including Patrick Leigh Fermor, James Ivory, Paul Theroux, and Susan Sontag-reveals a passionate man and a storyteller par excellence, spinning the narrative of his life from his first week of school to his untimely death. Written with the verve and sharpness of expression that first marked him as a writer of singular talent, Chatwin's letters provide a vivid record of his changing interests and concerns, as well as chronicling his lifelong restlessness and the gestation of his books. "Under the Sun" is the closest readers will get to an autobiography by this exceptional literary talent.

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  • Hardback | 554 pages
  • 152.4 x 241.3 x 50.8mm | 453.59g
  • 17 Feb 2011
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • black & white halftones
  • 0670022462
  • 9780670022465
  • 263,628

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Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was the author of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill, The Songlines, and Utz. His other books are What Am I Doing Here and Anatomy of Restlessness, posthumous anthologies of shorter works, and Far Journeys, a collection of his photographs that also includes selections from his travel notebooks.

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