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Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989 by [Chatwin, Bruce]
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Bruce Chatwin died a young man in 1989 having secured a reputation as an exquisitely sensitive and original travel writer and novelist. He was indeed an indefatigable traveler whose journeys sought out the big sky and empty spaces of South America (In Patagonia), the Australian outback (The Songlines), and the African desert (The Viceroy of Ouidah). This is a selection of his lesser writings that draws on magazine pieces, bits of memoirs, and reviews that do not reflect the scope of the man, but will give Chatwin fans another shot of his restless spirit.

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This collection is simultaneously so cohesive and so varied as to be difficult to characterize. The late Chatwin's abiding, passionate interests in nomadism, exile, restlessness, art, and culture--in that word's many senses--are all evident here, but they appear in essays, criticism, short fiction, and even correspondence with his editor. Individual pieces range from a luminous 400-word short story entitled "Bedouin," to the aforementioned letter outlining the contents of a book that was never written, to strongly opinionated, almost polemical book reviews. Throughout, these pieces display the author's profound, if seemingly randomized, erudition. He can, for example, startle readers with how much he knows about Robert Louis Stevenson's love life or by offering a brief, intriguing critique of civilization--from Mesopotamia to McLuhan's "global village." This coda to a memorable career will be welcomed by Chatwin's fans and could serve to introduce him posthumously to thousands of new readers. Thomas Gaughan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (1 August 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 starsA charming collection of half forgotten Chatwin texts
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2.0 out of 5 starsstick with songlines & what am I doing here
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3.0 out of 5 starsVintage Chatwin, but not his best.
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