BRUCE CHATWIN EN LA PATAGONIA PDF

In Patagonia is an English travel book by Bruce Chatwin , published in During the Second World War Chatwin and his mother stayed at the home of his paternal grandparents, who had a curiosity cabinet that fascinated him. Among the items it contained was a "piece of brontosaurus " actually a mylodon , a giant sloth , which had been sent to Chatwin's grandmother by her cousin Charles Amherst Milward. In a cave in Chilean Patagonia, Milward had discovered the remains of a giant sloth, which he later sold to the British Museum. He sent his cousin a piece of the animal's skin, and members of the family mistakenly referred to it as a "piece of brontosaurus. In , Chatwin was hired by the Sunday Times Magazine as an adviser on art and architecture.

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In an essay about writing that he wrote for The New York Times in February , Bruce Chatwin concludes with a brief story about how his first book came about.

One afternoon, says Chatwin, he was visiting the architect and designer Eileen Gray at her apartment in Paris, when he noticed on the wall of her salon a map of Patagonia.

The seed was planted, and two years later, while in New York on assignment for The Sunday Times of London, on the spur of the moment he made the momentous decision to go for it. He had struck upon the idea for a book, and before flying to South America he briefly laid out the plan to a literary agent.

As it will be — to say the least — unpredictable, there is no point in even trying to guess what it will hold. I shall start the diary the moment I cross the Rio Negro. The result of his 4-month journey was In Patagonia, which was published in October with an initial print run of 4, copies.

Forty years later, it has been translated into numerous languages, sold millions of copies, and to this day it remains the one must-read travel book about this part of the world. The book is a classic that has changed travel writing itself. It has also left a lasting impact on the Patagonia region, too. Through its collection of beautifully-written short tales of life in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, it served as a sort of an introduction for the rest of the world to a mostly unfamiliar land.

For its time, In Patagonia was experimental in its format. The 93 short chapters, some less than a page long, are loosely-related vignettes and visually descriptive snapshots of encounters the author had with a wide cast of characters.

Clapp worked with Chatwin for an entire summer reducing the final published book to a quarter of the original length of the manuscript. While far from being a guidebook, Chatwin did capture the essence of Patagonian culture with his precise descriptions of local traditions and inclusion of pieces of local history into the story. There were anecdotes about the escape to Patagonia and cattle rustling escapades of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, for example, or recounting the cultural upheaval in Chile when land was nationalized in and how the employees of land belonging to the daughter of a Scottish descendant turn on her after having looked after the farm for years.

Sometimes it seems that the Almighty has been playing at making Neapolitan ice-cream. Imagine climbing as I did a cliff face feet high alternatively striped vanilla, strawberry and pistachio in bands of feet or more.

Imagine an upland lake where the rock face on one side is bright purple, the other bright green, with cracked orange mud and a white rim. You have to be a geologist to appreciate it. Follow us farsouthexpeditions. Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia at 40 A look back at this classic travel book on its 40th anniversary. A look back at this classic travel book on its 40th anniversary.

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In an essay about writing that he wrote for The New York Times in February , Bruce Chatwin concludes with a brief story about how his first book came about. One afternoon, says Chatwin, he was visiting the architect and designer Eileen Gray at her apartment in Paris, when he noticed on the wall of her salon a map of Patagonia. The seed was planted, and two years later, while in New York on assignment for The Sunday Times of London, on the spur of the moment he made the momentous decision to go for it. He had struck upon the idea for a book, and before flying to South America he briefly laid out the plan to a literary agent. As it will be — to say the least — unpredictable, there is no point in even trying to guess what it will hold. I shall start the diary the moment I cross the Rio Negro.

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