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The author of the book: Bruce Chatwin
ISBN: 8845972046
ISBN 13: 9788845972041
Language: English
Edition: Adelphi
Date of issue: 2012
Format files: PDF
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Kaspar Utz, il protagonista di questo romanzo, è un grande collezionista di porcellane di Meissen che le tempeste della storia hanno condotto a vivere a Praga con i suoi fragili tesori, sotto gli occhi malevoli di uno Stato poliziesco. Ma Utz è un uomo beffardo, un trickster, come certe figurine della commedia dell’arte che adornano la sua collezione. Simile all’imperatore Rodolfo II, saturnina ombra che aleggia sulla città, Utz sa che un collezionista è un teologo in incognito – e per lo più un eretico. Il suo rapporto con gli Arlecchini e le Colombine di Meissen ha qualcosa di idolatrico. Né gli è lontano il sentimento del rabbino Loew verso il Golem. Ma ora la sua vita deve custodire tutto questo, come il più pericoloso dei segreti, dietro una superficie di anonimo squallore. Ciò che conta è condurre la guerra contro il nemico che lo accerchia, contro il «rumore di fondo» della storia, che vorrebbe inghiottire per sempre quelle figurine di una sostanza non intaccabile dal tempo. Così la vita solitaria e maniacale di Utz diventerà una partita contro quel nemico, la cui posta è la collezione stessa, un esercito muto di esseri che va sottratto ai brutali polpastrelli di ogni autorità. Questo romanzo è un’indagine appassionante su quella partita, di cui non sarebbe gentile svelare la stupefacente conclusione. Pubblicato da Chatwin nell’autunno del 1988, poco prima della sua morte, questo libro è stato accolto con ammirazione, come «una gemma squisita, compatta, luccicante, riccamente sfaccettata».


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Ebook Utz read Online! 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.


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