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Bruce Chatwin

‘The island of Chiloé is celebrated for its black storms and black soil, its thickets of fuchsia and bamboo, its Jesuit churches and the golden hands of its woodcarvers.’

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was a British travel writer and novelist. After working first at Sotheby’s, and then for the Sunday Times, he made a pilgrimage to Patagonia in 1974, which inspired the book that launched his writing career. In Patagonia won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. Chatwin went on to write many successful travel memoirs, including The Songlines, about Indigenous Australian mythology. His novel, Utz, was shortlisted for the 1988 Booker Prize.

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