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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The Captain would swagger childishly like all army officers. 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.

Now, however, I’m not particularly taken with the title character which is perfectly I finally got around to reading this. The syntax is snappy but the vocabulary is orchidaceous. This is best seen in the opening scene of the book – which, by the nature of being a funeral, should have been sad; but because the funeral takes place in in Chaywin, it’s darkly humorous. He bolted from the Sunday Times to Patagonia. Had Karasek been translated into English, I would have guessed Chatwin had been reading him.

After the Soviet invasion ofall contact between the men ceases and Utz dies A British academic travels to s Prague to research the art collection of Rudolf II. It is also a wonderful evocation of austerity and calm.

Open Preview See a Problem? In a flat on the 12th floor of a modern tower block, the family eventually “pulled out pieces hidden all over the flat, under the sofa, in the washing basket, in boxes and so on”. Bruce Chatwin is one of my favourite authors. chtawin

Although Utz is the main protagonist, he is not the narrator – the story begins with his funeral, and is narrated by a man who spent a little more than 9 hours with Utz when he was alive, and collected the rest from his few friends. Others thought its theatricality camp.


One by one, he lifted the characters of the Commedia from the shelves, and placed them in the pool of light where they appeared to skate over the glass of the table, pioting on their bases of gilded foam, as if they would forever go on ytz, whirling, improvising.

To ask other readers questions about Utzplease sign up. Man Booker Prize Nominee Scaramouche would strum on his guitar. This work established his reputation as a travel writer. Yet he could capture convinced sceptics with his talk. The novel, made into a BBC film inended with the suggestion the figurines had been destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of a totalitarian state. A man asks the narrator if he can play the organ, and upon hearing a negation he admits that he can’t either, and resignedly goes to do exactly that.

View all 5 comments. He cannot take his precious collection with him, but he cannot leave it, either. From this encounter an extraordinary story of obsession and survival emerges: In poche pagine, con una scrittura delicata e magistrale, Chatwin ci racconta la storia di un personaggio improbabile e della sua lotta contro il mondo per mantenere la sua collezione di porce Una rilettura.

He was celebrated for his looks: A collage of histories, sketches, myths and memories, with short scenes glinting towards each other, without judgment, conclusion or, often, links. Stay in Touch Sign up. Columbine would be endlessly in love with Harlequin- ‘absolutely mad to trust him’.

‘Dazzling and worrying’: my memories of Bruce Chatwin and In Patagonia

I finally got around to reading this. They set down the coffin with a show of reverence. Return to Book Page. In teoria, i musei dovrebbero essere saccheggiati ogni cinquant’anni e le loro collezioni dovrebbero tornare in circolazione And his story, as delicately cast as one of Utz’s porcelain figures, is unforgettable.

The real life Utz was Rudolf Just and he now emerges as an even more remarkable character than Chatwin’s creation. Dec 01, Graychin rated it really liked it. I think it could be adapted excellently for stage, and for film – I’m surprised that no one has thought of it yet, given the success of last years’s Grand Budapest Hotel.


Dec 01, Pages. Nevertheless, judging by the sums I scrawled in the margins, I reckon we eventually cut between a quarter and a third of the typescript. To a superstitious old roue like Augustus, the manufacture of porcelain was an approach to the Philosopher’s Stone. However, towards the end he destroys his Portcelain collection and becomes passionately involved with his plain-looking, middle-aged house servant, whom he had previously never viewed with desire.

I’m not entirely sure what I think of it.

The Connoisseur as Survivor

He asked me to edit it and I went down to his tuz in Oxfordshire with some small suggestions. He died in He bolted from Edinburgh after two years without taking his degree.

Eventually, they arrived before the altar where a youngish priest, his surplice stained with sacramental wine, was anxiously biting his fingernails. Molti poi i riferimenti culturali con cui Chatwin arricchisce la narrazione. More recently it was included in a class I took at University of Chicago on the literature of Prague. Con discrezione viene presentato anche il rapporto con la domestica con la quale Utz condivide rbuce alla morte peripezie e risoluzioni.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you enjoyed that film, there is a chance that you will also enjoy Utz – and even if you didn’t, there is little risk in dusting off this forgotten book and discovering the life of a little known Saxon baron who once held the largest porcelain uzt in the whole of Bohemia.

Rushdie was at the cathedral, greeted by a horde of journalists as he came out.