British writer Bruce Chatwin.

Bruce Chatwin

(1940 - 1989)

In his late teens in 1958, Bruce Chatwin began work at Sotheby and Company as a porter in the ceramics department and was by the age of twenty-five the head of the firm’s Impressionist department. After quitting to study archaeology and then serving as a traveling correspondent for London’s Sunday Times, he left for South America in 1976, an experience that furnished him with his first book, In Patagonia. A mixture of fiction and nonfiction, his book The Songlines, which explores Aboriginal songs and the nature of nomad culture, was published two years before he died at the age of forty-eight.

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