Bruce Chatwin's fascination with nomads and wanderlust represents itself in reverse in On the Black Hill,
a tale of two brothers (identical twins) who never go anywhere. They stay in the farmhouse on the English-Welsh border where they were born, tilling the rough soil and sleeping in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advance of the 20th century. Smacking of a Welsh Ethan Frome
, Chatwin evokes the lonely tragedies of farm life, and above all the vibrant land of Wales.
“A brooding pastoral tale full of tender grandeur.” —Andrew Harvey, The New York Times Book Review
“It is the first novel I have seen in two years which begins to merit the accolade of ‘masterpiece.’” —Auberon Waugh, Daily Mail
“The most refreshing novel I have read this year . . . A very moving yet also often funny book.” —V. S. Pritchett, TheSunday Times