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The Songlines Paperback – 4 September 1998

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That Chatwin is one of the most distinct and original writers we have is confirmed by the publication of another quite remarkable book -- Nicholas Shakespeare

The songlines emerge as invisible pathways connecting up all over Australia: ancient tracks made of songs which tell of the creation of the land. The Aboriginals' religious duty is ritually to travel the land, singing the Ancestors' songs: singing the world into being afresh.
The Songlines is one man's impassioned song -- David Sexton ― Sunday Telegraph

Chatwin is not simply describing another culture; he is also making cautious assertions about human nature. Towards the end of his life Sartre wondered why people still write novels; had he read Chatwin's he might have found new excitement in the genre -- Edmund White ―
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Chatwin delves into aspects of landscape that are beyond road signs and highways, and into a way of living that is entirely alien to the average European… those who are open to a bit of a wander will adore it ―
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0099769913
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1st edition (4 September 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780099769910
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
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Bruce Chatwin reinvented British travel writing with his first book, In Patagonia, and followed it with many travel books and novels, each unique and extraordinary. He died in 1989.

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