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His books have become modern-day classics which defy categorisation inspired by and reflecting his incredible journeys. Tragically Chatwin's compelling narrative voice was cut off just as he had found it. But Chatwin left behind a wealth of letters and postcards that he wrote from his first week at school until shortly before his death at the age of forty-eight.
Whether typed on Sotheby's notepaper or hastily scribbled Chatwin's correspondence reveals more about himself than he was prepared to expose in his books; his health and finances his literary ambitions and tastes his uneasiness about his sexual orientation; above all his lifelong quest for where to live. Comprising material collected over two decades from hundreds of contacts across five continents Chatwin's letters are a valuable and illuminating record of one of the greatest and most enigmatic writers of the twentieth century.
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How was your experience with this page? I traipsed back, driving hundreds of miles, and he didn't come, ever. It happened everywhere. Perpetually unsatisfied and so easily bored, Chatwin roamed to the ends of the earth. But there is also a definite sense, remarked on by those who knew him, that he was in perpetual flight away from himself and perhaps the demons that pursued him. But after reading these letters, you realize that traveling far and wide on one continent after another wasn't actually his chief mode of movement. That was climbing: of the social rather than the mountaineering variety, for there seems to have been no end to his ability to attach himself to wealthy, well-connected people of both sexes who could support in one way or another his ambition, desired lifestyle or, preferably, both.
He probably aspired to be a perpetually golden youth, but he comes across more as just a parasite.
So we went to San Francisco which is so unlike anything else in the US it doesn't really bear thinking abut. It's utterly light-weight and sugary with no sense of purpose or depth. Your name, bandied about the breakfast table at this colony of insecure and initiated writers and artists, prompts me to send a card to say hello. V strange. A lot of lady artists - vaginal iconography in sand and acrylic.
That kind of thing. Caption Close. Image 1 of 3. Back to Gallery. To Susan Sontag, from London, I loved our dinner of entrails and hope for a repeat.
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