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On the Black Hill is an elegantly written tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. They till the rough soil and sleep in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advances of the twentieth century.
In depicting the lives of Benjamin and Lewis and their interactions with their small local community Chatwin comments movingly on the larger questions of human experience.
Nearly every writer of my generation in England has wanted, at some point, to be Bruce Chatwin; wanted, like him, to talk of Fez and Firdausi, Nigeria and Nuristan, with equal authority; wanted to be talked about, as he is, with raucous envy; wanted above all to have written his books...(he was) a writer no one who cares for literature can afford not to read. -- Andrew Harvey - New York Times
When I think of Bruce Chatwin now, I think of the ultimate storyteller. It's the resonance of the voice and the depth of his vision that makes him one of the truly great writers of our time -- Werner Herzog, from 'Bruce Chatwin' by Nicholas Shakespeare His deepest and best book - Independent
Publication date: 03/12/1998
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
|Publication date:||3rd December 1998|
|Publisher:||Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Collections:||60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Bruce Chatwin was born in Sheffield in 1940. After attending Marlborough School he began work as a porter at Sotheby's. Eight years later, having become one of Sotheby's youngest directors, he abandoned his job to pursue his passion for world travel. Between 1972 and 1975 he worked for the Sunday Times, before announcing his next departure in a telegram: 'Gone to Patagonia for six months.' This trip inspired the first of Chatwin's books, In Patagonia, which won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award and launched his writing career. Two of his books have been made into feature films: The ...More About Bruce Chatwin