Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1997 - Literary Collections - 224 pages
Although he is best known for his luminous reports from the farthest-flung corners of the earth, Bruce Chatwin possessed a literary sensibility that reached beyond the travel narrative to span a world of topics—from art and antiques to archaeology and architecture. This spirited collection of previously neglected or unpublished essays, articles, short stories, travel sketches, and criticism represents every aspect and period of Chatwin’s career as it reveals an abiding theme in his work: his fascination with, and hunger for, the peripatetic existence. While Chatwin’s poignant search for a suitable place to “hang his hat,” his compelling arguments for the nomadic “alternative,” his revealing fictional accounts of exile and the exotic, and his wickedly en pointe social history of Capri prove him to be an excellent observer of social and cultural mores, Chatwin’s own restlessness, his yearning to be on the move, glimmers beneath every surface of this dazzling body of work.
 

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Some fiction, some book reviews and some essays on travel, nomadism, writing retreats. His review of a biography of Robert Lewis Stevenson is quite interesting. Read full review

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I actually enjoyed this, especially the chapters relating more closely to the nomadic world. I did feel sometimes that Chatwin was telling us only half the story and some of his conclusions were ... Read full review

Contents

PENGUIN BOOKS
A PLACE TO HANG YOUR
MILK
THE ESTATE OF MAXIMILIAN
BEDOUINS
THE NOMADICALTERNATIVE
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Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was the author of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill, The Songlines, and Utz. His other books are What Am I Doing Here and Anatomy of Restlessness, posthumous anthologies of shorter works, and Far Journeys, a collection of his photographs that also includes selections from his travel notebooks.

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