The Road to Ouidah | Bruce Chatwin | Granta Magazine

The Road to Ouidah

Bruce Chatwin

‘Sweat, fruit, dust. The stunted goats. On the beach the straight line of white breakers, a pale blue sea, the colour almost of the sky. The bleached hulls of the pirogues. The blown coconut palms.’

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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