New Travel Book: ‘Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.13.10 | 5:11 PM ET

A collection of the author’s letters is due out in February. Many were sent to family and friends—including fellow travel writers Patrick Leigh Fermor and Paul Theroux—during his travels around the world. has a few brief excerpts; here’s a tantalizing favorite:

To Francis Wyndham, Lima, Peru, 1974

I have done what I threatened. I suddenly got fed up with N.Y. and ran away to South America… I intend to spend Christmas in the middle of Patagonia… I’m working on something that could be marvelous, but I’ll have to do it in my own way.

Chatwin’s “In Patagonia” and “The Songlines” both made our list of the 100 most celebrated travel books of all time.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for New Travel Book: ‘Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin’

Claudine 09.13.10 | 10:41 PM ET

I know what it’s like to feel as though you have to get away. I’m glad that more people are beginning to catch on and see the world.

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