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The Viceroy of Ouidah


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Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was the author of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill, The Songlines, and Utz. His other books are What Am I Doing Here and Anatomy of Restlessness, posthumous anthologies of shorter works, and Far Journeys, a collection of his photographs that also includes selections from his travel notebooks.


Dazzles and mystifies, with its lush anger, its impacted memory, its gorgeous desolation.
--The New York Times

A vivid, lush, seductive book that absolutely captures the look and light and life of the Brazilian wastelands and the hot, breathless African Slave Coast jungles. What an imagination Bruce Chatwin has!--The Wall Street Journal Chatwin has a powerfully visual and aural style; sights and sounds crowd his sentences to the point that the book almost breathes.--The New Yorker Chatwin's book is both a luminous historical document and an exploitation of the surreal past. The author's talent for invoking history's black magic is evident.--Time

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