Nowhere is a place: travels in Patagonia

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Sierra Club Books, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 109 pages
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Bestselling travel writers Chatwin and Theroux recount their impressions of the windswept wilderness of Patagonia, the desolate Southern region of South America. A dramatic counterpoint to the text, Jeff Gnass' photographs capture Patagonia's stark beauty--from the granite spires of Torres del Paine in Chile to the sculptured icebergs at the terminus of Glacier Moreno. 100 color photographs.

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Published in Britain in 1985 and a year later in the United States as Patagonia Revisited, this combines the travel writing skills of Chatwin and Theroux with the 1991 photography of Gnass. The two ... Read full review


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About the author (1985)

Bruce Chatwin's first book In Patagonia (1977) was a landmark in travel writing. Traveler, aesthete and a connoisseur of the exotic, Chatwin was a major British literary voice who also wrote On the Black Hill, The Viceroy of Ouidah, The Songlines and Utz before his death in 1989.

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society.

Jeff Gnass's photography provided most of the scenic views for this book. Like all visitors, he was enthralled to find the natural beauty of Catalina in virtually its original state.

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