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Book Title: Ritorno in Patagonia|
The author of the book: Bruce Chatwin
Date of issue: August 26th 1991
ISBN 13: 9788845908279
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 959 KB
Read full description of the books Ritorno in Patagonia:Melville usò l’aggettivo «patagonia» per indicare qualcosa di totalmente esotico, mostruoso e pericolosamente attraente. Un’attrazione che agì anche sul giovane Bruce Chatwin. Fin dall’età di tre anni la Patagonia gli apparve come la Terra delle meraviglie. Poi dall’esperienza nacque In Patagonia, il più bel libro di viaggi dei nostri anni. Qualche tempo dopo, un altro illustre scrittore di viaggi, Paul Theroux, pubblicava un affascinante libro su quella terra, The Old Patagonian Express. Infine, nel 1985, Chatwin e Theroux composero, in una storia di contrappunto a due voci, questo delizioso libretto, dove entrambi tornano sulle tracce della loro passione nonché delle voci e delle storie disparate che sono connesse a quella terra. Sia Chatwin sia Theroux appartengono a quella stirpe di viaggiatori che «un’associazione o un riferimento letterario possono entusiasmare quanto una pianta o un animale raro». Perciò il loro dialogo non può che essere personalissimo ed erudito, esposto all’esperienza bruta del viaggio ma anche pronto a captare ogni segnale che giunga dal passato per ricomporre ancora più screziata, l’immagine di quella terra dai tanti misteri, veri e fantasticati.
Read information about the authorCharles 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 a travel writer. Later, however, residents in the region contradicted the account of events depicted in Chatwin's book. It was the first time in his career, but not the last, that conversations and characters which Chatwin presented as fact were alleged to have been fictionalised. Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidah, which he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa. For The Songlines (1987), a work combining fiction and non-fiction, Chatwin went to Australia. He studied the culture to express how the songs of the Aborigines are a cross between a creation myth, an atlas and an Aboriginal man's personal story. He also related the travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, his novel On the Black Hill (1982) was set closer to home, in the hill farms of the Welsh Borders. It focuses on the relationship between twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin, who grow up isolated from the course of twentieth century history. Utz (1988), was a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect. Set in Prague, the novel details the life and death of Kaspar Utz, a man obsessed with his collection of Meissen porcelain. Chatwin was working on a number of new ideas for future novels at the time of his death from AIDS in 1989, including a transcontinental epic, provisionally titled Lydia Livingstone.
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