The late Bruce Chatwin carved out a literary career as unique as any writer's in this century: his books included In Patagonia
, a fabulist travel narrative, The Viceroy of Ouidah
, a mock-historical tale of a Brazilian slave-trader in 19th century Africa, and The Songlines
, his beautiful, elegiac, comic account of following the invisible pathways traced by the Australian aborigines. Chatwin was nothing if not erudite, and the vast, eclectic body of literature that underlies this tale of trekking across the outback gives it a resonance found in few other recent travel books. A poignancy, as well, since Chatwin's untimely death made The Songlines one of his last books.
From Publishers Weekly
PW praised Chatwin's "entertaining" and "resonant" reflections on the distinctions between settled people and wanderers, and between human aggression and pacifism, as he searches central Australia for the pathways along which aborigines travel to perform their cultural activities.
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