Bruce Chatwin





Bruce Chatwin

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born
in Sheffield, The United Kingdom
May 13, 1940

died
January 18, 1989

gender
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About this author

Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer. He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill (1982). In 1972, Chatwin interviewed the 93-year-old architect and designer Eileen Gray in her Paris salon, where he noticed a map of the area of South America called Patagonia, which she had painted. "I've always wanted to go there," Bruce told her. "So have I," she replied, "go there for me." Two years later in November 1974, Chatwin flew out to Lima in Peru, and reached Patagonia a month later. When he arrived, he left the newspaper with a telegram: "Have gone to Patagonia." He spent six months in the area, a trip which resulted in the book In Patagonia (1977). This work established his reputation as...more


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In Patagonia
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 5,501 ratings — published 1977 — 45 editions
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The Songlines
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On The Black Hill
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Utz
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,171 ratings — published 1988 — 27 editions
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What Am I Doing Here?
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 979 ratings — published 1989 — 23 editions
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The Viceroy of Ouidah
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Anatomy of Restlessness: Se...
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Under the Sun: The Letters ...
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Patagonia Revisited
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 101 ratings — published 1985 — 9 editions
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Nowhere Is a Place: Travels...
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More books by Bruce Chatwin…
“To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe”
Bruce Chatwin

“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”
Bruce Chatwin, What Am I Doing Here?

“As a general rule of biology, migratory species are less 'aggressive' than sedentary ones.

There is one obvious reason why this should be so. The migration itself, like the pilgrimage, is the hard journey: a 'leveller' on which the 'fit' survive and stragglers fall by the wayside.

The journey thus pre-empts the need for hierarchies and shows of dominance. The 'dictators' of the animal kingdom are those who live in an ambience of plenty. The anarchists, as always, are the 'gentlemen of the road'.”
Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines

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