Bruce Chatwin, Paperback Book
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Bruce Chatwin's death in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end, since he burst onto the literary scene in 1977 with his first book, In Patagonia. Chatwin himself was different things to different people: a journalist, a photographer, an art collector, a restless traveller and a bestselling author; he was also a married man, an active homosexual, a socialite who loved to mix with the rich and famous, and a single-minded loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude. From unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters, Nicholas Shakespeare has compiled the definitive biography of one of the most charismatic and elusive literary figures of our time. 'A magnificent work of empathy and detection'Colin Thubron, Sunday Times'Utterly compelling'Philip Marsden, Mail on Sunday'A fascinating account of the man behind the myth'Ian Thomson, Guardian


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9780099289975

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Competent and very readable biography that tries to make sense of a complicated, contradictory character. Written with the co-operation of Chatwin's widow and his parents, so it tells us a lot more about his early days than literary biographies usually manage to do. On the other hand, Shakespeare clearly feels obliged to present Chatwin's wife as a long-suffering saint: possibly another biographer with more freedom to act could give us a bit more perspective.

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