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Bruce Chatwin
By Nicholas Shakespeare

Bruce Chatwin

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Bruce Chatwin by Nicholas Shakespeare

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 1999.
  • Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Biography) 1999.

Book Description

Bruce Chatwin's death from AIDS in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end, since he burst onto the literary scene in 1977 with his first book, In Patagonia. Chatwin himself was different things to different people: a journalist, a photographer, an art collector, a restless traveller and a best-selling author; he was also a married man, an active homosexual, a socialite who loved to mix with the rich and famous, and a single-minded loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude. From unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters, Nicholas Shakespeare has compiled the definitive biography of one of the most charismatic and elusive literary figures of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099289975
ISBN-10: 0099289970
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 37mm)
Pages: 656
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Author and broadcaster Shakespeare has achieved something great with this revealing assessment of Chatwin, writer and traveller - a man behind many masks, 'the ultimate story-teller' in the words of German film director Werner Herzog. Chatwin's reputation since his death from AIDS has grown significantly and the author, having gained access to private notebooks, diaries and letters, has created here a definitive biography of one of the world's most elusive literary figures. In this book you will travel through five continents in his footsteps and come close to seeing the fascinating man whose ultimate story was his own self-mythology. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His novels have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Vision of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Snowleg, and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen by the American Libraries Association in 1997 as the year's best novel, and in 2001 was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich. His most recent novel is Inheritance. He is married with two small boys and currently lives in Oxford.

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