The Songlines

The Songlines


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Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142422571
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

For its twenty-fifth anniversary, a new edition of Bruce Chatwin’s classic work with a new introduction by Rory Stewart

Part adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin’s search for the source and meaning of the ancient "dreaming tracks" of the Aborigines—the labyrinth of invisible pathways by which their ancestors "sang" the world into existence. This singular book, which was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 1987, engages all of Chatwin’s lifelong passions, including his obsession with travel, his interest in the nomadic way of life, and his hunger to understand man’s origins and nature.

Praise

“A blend of travelogue, memoir, history, philosophy, science, meditation, and commonplace book…Chatwin’s astonishing style captures the metamorphoses of his own ‘Walkabout’….He takes the travel genre beyond exoticism and the simple picturesque into the metaphysical.”—The Boston Globe

The riches of The Songlines are varied and artfully stashed. Chatwin’s physical journey over Australia’s parched hide corresponds to his intellectual excursions, which are full of surprising turns.”—Time

“No ordinary book ever issues from Bruce Chatwin. Each bears the imprint of a dazzingly original mind.”—Newsday

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