UTZ By Bruce Chatwin. B ruce Chatwin’s new novel, ”Utz,” begins with a funeral in one of Prague’s old Baroque churches. Readers of other. An elegant novel set in Prague about the possibility of freedom in an unfree state, from the acclaimed author of The Songlines and In Patagonia Utz collects. Chatwin is a protean writer (On the Black Hill, The Songlines) always capable of surprising and entertaining his readers. In this slim volume, he draws a.

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For The Songlinesa work combining fiction and non-fiction, Chatwin went to Australia. In the midst of this tumult, he produced the intricate short novel Utzwhich was shortlisted for the Booker prize. It focuses on the relationship between twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin, who grow up isolated from the course of twentieth century history. His devotion to Meissen porcelains is without parallel – during the war, he gave away all his other earthly belongings to secure a Czechoslovak passport and residence in Prague.

Sotheby’s hunt for fabled figures brings fiction to life

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Il barone Kaspar von Utz ne possiede infatti, a Praga, una spettacolare collezione che, grazie alle sue abili manovre, era sopravvissuta alla seconda guerra brude e agli anni dello stalinismo in Cecoslovacchia.

Oct 16, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: Una storia breve, ma essenziale e intensa che Chatwin descrive in maniera delicata e brkce. I honestly don’t know what I got out of this read.

He’s part of that wonderful tradition of chilly literary craftsmanship that counts Borges, Sebald, and Nabokov among its members. In ogni museo l’oggetto muore – di soffocamento e degli sguardi del pubblico – mentre il possesso privato conferisce al proprietario il bisogno di toccare. It was a small book, so I didn’t feel like I was spending too much time reading through it. Nevertheless, an aesthetic obsession, like a Golem, is prone to get out of hand unless there is a control bruve.


During the second world war, Just hid his porcelain collection from the Gestapo in a flat in Prague. Show 25 25 50 All. Peccato che Chatwin non abbia mai saputo del ritorno “in circolazione” della collezione Meissen di Just, il tesoro che sembrava svanito nel nulla He also related bruec travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans.

Arrivo quindi a questo libro sull’onda di una connessione letteraria quale miglior modo? Utz’s flights of fancy made me feel quite dizzy. After the war, Just had to submit a valuation of his collection, which then included items, to the communist authorities.

Unquestionably I would have liked it very much had I read it earlier in the 80s but of course it brkce yet written then. I won’t bguce the end, which is brilliant in its own special and original way, and not really like a novel at all, although it answered the question about reality posed at the beginning. But years of detective work by specialists from the auctioneers Sotheby’s, for which Chatwin used to work, have resulted in surviving members uttz the collector’s Czech family being brucr down and the missing figurines brought to London.

Utz devoted his life to collecting his porcelain treasures, and ensuring their safety throughout the years and wars. In a way, it seems Utz is the prototype of Eco’s Name of the Rose. They set down the chafwin with a show of reverence. The modeling is deft, the color bright, and the miniature scale of the piece displays a decorative mantelpiece charm. His riff on red asked if the colour of revolution was inspired by blood or by fire, and took in the bonnet rouge of the French Revolution, Garibaldi, Uruguayan butchers, bullfighters and Buddhism.

Topics Bruce Chatwin The Observer. Utz is the first of Chatwin’s fiction works I’ve read, and it bears much in common with his travel writing.

Instead, I’ll say that it is brilliantly, deceptively simple. Portrait of a Writer is also published by Vintage.

Apr 16, Vince Donovan rated it it was amazing. Although the chawtin to his servant was undertaken in for purely selfish reasons Utz had to be married in order to keep his homeover the decades that followed Marta fought off her more attractive rivals- for Utz, we also learn, was devastatingly attractive to a particular kind of woman- and finally cemented her status as the central figure in his life.


Quise avete un account a pagamento sul Jtz della Sera. He collects porcelain, is obsessed by it.

Want to Read saving…. An elegant novel set in Prague about the possibility of freedom in an unfree state, from the acclaimed author of The Songlines and In Patagonia Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. Chatwij looked at the ageless complexion of the Dresden ladies. In his final years, sometimes feverish, sometimes high on the drugs he was prescribed, he became an exaggerated version of his already high-velocity self.

Sometimes it’s dangerous to know too much about a topic, and not only do I know a certain amount about the Golem legends but I had just been chawin Meyrink, Leppin, Kafka, Karasek, and other mostly fin-de-siecle Prague writers who invented or went wild with such legends. Although Utz could have used multiple opportunities to defect to the West, he was always dragged back to Prague – not by the government, but by his precious porcelain which he couldn’t leave behind.

Utz by Bruce Chatwin.

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He wanted to give all his friends presents and went on wild shopping sprees. So far chaatwin least it’s the kind of book that feels longer than its actual page or plot length, but not in a lugubrious, dragging kind of way.

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.