A collected edition of Bruce Chatwin's acclaimed, captivating novels - On the Black Hill, Utz and The Viceroy of Ouidah - with an introduction by Hanya Yanagihara
While Bruce Chatwin is best known as a master of travel literature, his three acclaimed novels must not be overlooked. Here we see a writer exploring human life, from its freedoms to its limits, in ever more exhilarating and unexpected ways.
In On the Black Hill, twin brothers begin to realise that the world beyond their familiar fields is changing. In Utz, a scholar visits a communist state to meet an eccentric porcelain collector. And in The Viceroy of Ouidah, an ambitious slave trader makes a choice that could threaten his ultimate dream.
Bruce Chatwin was born in Sheffield in 1940. He worked for Sotheby's and the Sunday Times before announcing his departure in a telegram: `Gone to Patagonia for six months.' This trip inspired the first of his books, In Patagonia, which won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award and launched his writing career. Two of Chatwin's books have been made into feature films: The Viceroy of Ouidah (retitled Cobra Verde), directed by Werner Herzog, and Andrew Grieve's On the Black Hill. The Songlines was a Number 1 bestseller while On the Black Hill won the Whitbread First Novel Award and Utz was shortlisted for the 1988 Booker Prize. He died in January 1989, aged forty-eight.