Utz

Paperback | December 1, 1989

byBruce Chatwin

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Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. His collection, which he has protected and enlarged through both World War II and Czechoslovakia's years of Stalinism, numbers more than 1,000 pieces, all crammed into his two-room Prague flat.

Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and although he has considered defection, he always returns. He cannot take his precious collection with him, but he cannot leave it, either. And so Utz is as much owned by his porcelain as it is owned by him, as much of a prisoner of the collection as of the Communist state.

A fascinating, enigmatic man, Kaspar Utz is one of Bruce Chatwin's finest creations. And his story, as delicately cast as one of Utz's porcelain figures, is unforgettable.

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Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. His collection, which he has protected and enlarged through both World War II and Czechoslovakia's years of Stalinism, numbers more than 1,000 pieces, all crammed into his two-room Prague flat. Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and although he has considered defection, he alwa...

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Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. His collection, which he has protected and enlarged through both World War II and Czechoslovakia’s years of Stalinism, numbers more than 1,000 pieces, all crammed into his two-room Prague flat.Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and although he has considered defection, he alwa...

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 notebo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:December 1, 1989Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140115765

ISBN - 13:9780140115765

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"In Utz, a gleaming character study, Bruce Chatwin models and remodels his subject like a porcelain figurine, each time presenting him in a different light, a new passage of artifice."
The Boston Sunday Globe

"Exquisite…One thinks of a Vermeer painting, a luminous miniature disclosing worlds within worlds"
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