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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) é um dos mais aclamados escritores de literatura de viagens de sempre. Foi jornalista do Sunday Times Magazine durante vários anos, e a carta de demissão que mandou ao seu superior ficou célebre – nela lia-se simplesmente: «Fui para a Patagónia.» O seu livro mais celebre é, justamente, Na Patagónia, um clássico da literatura contemporânea, relato de viagem e retrato da solidão dos grandes territórios do sul do mundo. A sua carreira literária foi curta (mais longa terá sido a de viajante), mas de enorme brilho. Os seus livros, entre os quais O Vice-Rei de Ajudá, O Que Faço Eu Aqui?, Utz, Anatomia da Errância ou Regresso à Patagónia (com Paul Theroux), foram publicados pela Quetzal.

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