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Utz Bruce Chatwin. Despite World War II and the later challenges of a repressive Communist state, Kaspar Joachim Utz has managed to collect over 1, pieces of Meissen porcelain and cram them into his tiny two-room flat in Prague. His reticence to leave Czechoslovakia is largely based on not wanting to leave behind his collection, but he also harbors a secret and seemingly intense love for his housekeeper. The luxuries of the West also seem to Utz to have lost their attractiveness and he seems rudderless at the prospect of choosing somewhere new to live. Three possibilities. None of them inviting.

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Utz Bruce Chatwin. Despite World War II and the later challenges of a repressive Communist state, Kaspar Joachim Utz has managed to collect over 1, pieces of Meissen porcelain and cram them into his tiny two-room flat in Prague.

His reticence to leave Czechoslovakia is largely based on not wanting to leave behind his collection, but he also harbors a secret and seemingly intense love for his housekeeper. The luxuries of the West also seem to Utz to have lost their attractiveness and he seems rudderless at the prospect of choosing somewhere new to live. Three possibilities. None of them inviting. The break had been final. Not after the Dresden raid. The United States? The noise would depress him dreadfully.

Prague, after all, was a city where you heard the snowflakes falling. He had never been attracted to the colonies. He was too old to tango.

The more he considered the alternatives, the clearer the situation seemed to him. Not that he would be happy in Czechoslovakia.

He would be harassed, menaced, insulted. He would have to grovel. He would have to agree with every word they said. He would mouth their meaningless, ungrammatical formulae. But Prague was a city that suited his melancholic temperament. A state of tranquil melancholy was all one could aspire to these days!

I liked Utz quite a bit. Recently Cornflower has been writing glowingly about On the Black Hill as well. So Utz was a real person? I had this book once and just could not get into it. I wasn't sure at the time if it was fiction or not. That must be an amazing china collection. Too bad the book has no pictures. Like Like. No, I don't think Utz is real. I guess giving his full name makes him sound real doesn't it. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Search Search for:. Chatwin died young 49 in and I am not sure if he lived long enough to see that happen. I have only read one other book by Chatwin, his amazing On the Black Hill.

Although Utz and On the Black Hill are worlds apart in setting, they both deal with characters who make choices that may seem restrictive and unattractive to those of us used to a large degree of self-determination.

But their lives seem to retain a richness nonetheless. For those of us who are warm and well fed and have the personal and political freedom to make seemingly infinite choices, it is a little hard to understand.

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Utz and Other Stories from the Art-World, by Bruce Chatwin

Welcome sign in sign up. His own character was one of his greatest inventions: traveler, adventurer, story-teller, mimic, the most English of eccentrics abroad, and at the same time the most restlessly cosmopolitan English writer of his generation. This multifaceted persona became an essential part of the appeal of his writing. In his books you were addressed not merely by a distinctive voice, but by the fabulous character he had fashioned for himself.

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Garage is temporarily closed. Keep in touch with our project Garage. Self-Isolation via social media and our newsletters. Find out how to support us here. In this novel, English writer Bruce Chatwin investigates the phenomenon of the art collector.

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