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Since its discovery by Magellan in 1520, Patagonia was known as a country of black fogs and whirlwinds at the end of the inhabited world. It immediately lodged itself in the imagination as a metaphor for "the ultimate", the point beyond which one could not go. In this book, Chatwin and Theroux join forces to explores the instances in which the "final capes of exile" have a ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published 1993 by Picador (first published 1985)
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Mac Daly
I picked up this book because I'm planning a trip to Chile and I wanted to learn more about the country. I'm so glad I did. This slim volume contains literary snapshots from visitors from Charles Darwin to Butch Cassidy. We see the native Patagonians through the eyes of the first European visitors and get a feel for the magnificent, wild beauty of the area. I'm looking forward to my visit.
Paul TherouxBruce Chatwin

This small nugget of a book (very old edition, with an endearing illustration of a horseback rider stamped between all the sections - thanks Brooklyn Public Library!) made a great travel companion in South America. Beyond their basic premise of Patagonia as a metaphor for the most distant possible place, it was fascinating too to read the excerpts they assemble from Darwin, Magellan, and other travelers' notes on their impressions of a land and people they knew nothing a
É um daqueles pequenos livros que nos incita a partir para novos horizontes de leituras. Sucinto, belo e bem escrito como era de esperar. Surgem aqui alguns elos perdidos no livro de Chatwin "Na Patagónia", e que o teriam tornado numa obra ainda mais encantadora, tivessem estas temáticas sido lá abordadas e desenvolvidas.
This is the book that introduced me to Paul Theroux. See, I was a Chatwin fan way back then, my first "real" "grown-up" author, someon whose books I had discovered and decided to like all by myself (rather than having them given to me by parents or school).

I also happened to like Australia a lot (always with the teenage angst and the urge to go far far away from home), so Chatwin was heaven-sent.

Well, he was, because he introduced me to Paul Theroux, and I LOVE Paul Theroux. Yes, more than Chatw
A good book to complete a Patagonian trilogy started by Chatwin (In Patagonia) and Theroux (The old patagonian express).
It basically repeats some of the most interesting insights of the two books (the patagonian myths, Butch Cassidy etc.) with some deeper notes.
A short and easy read made by two of the most famous travellers-writers of our era about a land full of legends and mistery.
Wonderful little book by Theroux [Mosquito Coast] and Chatwin [In Patagonia]. 60 pages of insight into the giants and the influence of the Patagonia area in other famous writings including Poe, Shakespeare and several more.
Depois de ter lido In Patagonia de Bruce Chatwin, este livro nao acrescentou nada de novo.
Learned an interesting fact about Butch Cassidy.
B- Not exactly a travel book; skimmed
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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 ...more
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