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About the Author: Bruce Chatwin

Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill 1982 In 1972, Chatwin interviewed the 93 year old architect and designer Eileen Gray in her Paris salon, where he noticed a map of the area of South America called Patagonia, which she had painted I ve always wanted to go there, Bruce told her So have I, she replied, go there for me Two years later in November 1974, Chatwin flew out to Lima in Peru, and reached Patagonia a month later When he arrived, he left the newspaper with a telegram Have gone to Patagonia He spent six months in the area, a trip which resulted in the book In Patagonia 1977 This work established his reputation as a travel writer Later, however, residents in the region contradicted the account of events depicted in Chatwin s book It was the first time in his career, but not the last, that conversations and characters which Chatwin presented as fact were alleged to have been fictionalised Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidah, which he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa For The Songlines 1987 , a work combining fiction and non fiction, Chatwin went to Australia He studied the culture to express how the songs of the Aborigines are a cross between a creation myth, an atlas and an Aboriginal man s personal story He also related the travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, his novel On the Black Hill 1982 was set closer to home, in the hill farms of the Welsh Borders It focuses on the relationship between twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin, who grow up isolated from the course of twentieth century history Utz 1988 , was a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect Set in Prague, the novel details the life and death of Kaspar Utz, a man obsessed with his collection of Meissen porcelain Chatwin was working on a number of new ideas for future novels at the time of his death from AIDS in 1989, including a transcontinental epic, provisionally titled Lydia Livingstone.

10 thoughts on “The Viceroy of Ouidah

  1. says:

    Probably the best novel I ve read so far this year I had never read anything by Chatwin before this and I picked it up with the assumption it was going to just be another novel in the English style How wrong I was Chatwin writes like abloody and concise version of Marquez, with an incredible ability to evoke landscapes, situations and the oddities of p

  2. says:

    It makes me sad, but with The Viceroy of Ouidah I ve come to the last of Bruce Chatwin s long form works All that remain are a handful of essays and other short pieces He might have lived a little longer, just to please me by writing , but that s not the way things worked out I was a teenager when he died in 1989.I was not an admirer of Chatwin s work on first

  3. says:

    A grim, but outstanding story on the evils of the slave trade, with a focus on the African coast Chatwin crafts a story that is as psychologically probing as Conrad s Heart of Darkness Kurtz , and as bizarre as Marquez s Autumn of the Patriarch a mad African king, a city of skulls and heads, women warriors with filed teeth The common ground for all three is moral corr

  4. says:

    A short novella absolutely packed to the gills with imagery and characters I recognize elements from Marquez including a definite Hundred Years of Solitude allusion and Conrad and fans of them will find much to love here, but there is distinctive flavor that must be Chatwin s alone There is too much to even hint at in this book, and I guarantee some of the images will inform

  5. says:

    An interesting way of telling of the slavery days of Dahomey, the mad violent King s and of the Portuguese trader who made and lost a fortune before dying, leaving a plethora of children to pine for what could have been The book contains plenty of savagery conducted by both the locals and the ambitious whites It packs a lot of punch within its slim 100 pages.

  6. says:

    You recognize a Bruce Chatwin sentence the moment you look at it, in the same way you recognize a painting by Dali or Gauguin the moment you look at it Here, he goes technicolor, taking into account every sight and sound of the jungle as he takes on the slave trade on the West Coast of Africa, and shows just how deep the depravity of humanity goes, and the cold logic of capital that is willi

  7. says:

    Bruce Chatwin s The Viceroy Of Ouidah masquerades as a small book In 50,000 words or so, the author presents a fictionalised life that has been embroidered from truth History, hyper reality, the supernatural and the surreal and the cocktail that creates the heady mix through which strands of story filter Overall the experience is much bigger than the slim book suggests.We meet Francisco Manuel da Si

  8. says:

    As an aspiring travel writer who had yet to publish anything, I turned green with envy on reading Bruce Chatwin s novel In terse, spare prose, he summons up images that seem drawn from photography or haiku rather than from ordinary literature He presents distant times late 18th and early 19th century and places Brazil and Dahomey linking them seamlessly with the steamy, sordid present the paranoid military

  9. says:

    not the best of Chatwin.

  10. says:

    Again at the risk of appearing shallow, this novel was read in the hope that it would demystify some of the intriguing details of the Herzog film Cobra Verde It did not Indeed, it turns out that the film is a loose adaptation of the novel, which is in turn a loose adaptation of history This is a pity because the true story of the 19th Century Brazilian slaver Francisco Felix de Sousa is yet another example of truth being f

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