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Utz

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An elegant novel set in Prague about the possibility of freedom in an unfree state, from the acclaimed author of The Songlines and In Patagonia

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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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 notebooks.

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Chatwin is a protean writer ( On the Black Hill , The Songlines ) always capable of surprising and entertaining his readers. In this slim volume, he draws a satirical portrait of life in a Socialist stateand concludes that human nature is the same no matter what political winds are blowing. The last descendent of an old Czech family, the eponymous art dealer Kaspar Utz lives in Prague, where the Russian occupiers allow him to keep his priceless Meissen porcelain collection on condition that he bequeath it to the national museum. To the narrator, Utz represents the quintessential adapter, able to tolerate a repressive government as long as his private life is undisturbed. Obsessed with a passion to preserve these remnants of the bygone days of imperial glory, Utz implies that the figurines are more real, enduring and invulnerable than the gray world of Eastern Europe existing behind the Iron Curtain. But on his death a droll mystery is revealed; the fate of the collection is as much a result of the belated awakening of Utz's romantic nature as it is a joke against the political regime he despised. Befitting his narrative, Chatwin's spare, precise prose takes on a surrealist quality appropriate to the theater of the absurd. 40,000 first printing; $35,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate.
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Descripción FISCHER Taschenbuch. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. 11. Aufl.. Language: German . Brand New Book. Utz - eigentlich Kaspar Baron Utz, doch man befindet sich im real existierenden Sozialismus rund um den Prager Frühling - ist ein kauziger Privatgelehrter, dem zwar das Schloß seiner Vorfahren samt Dörfern und Grundbesitz abhanden gekommen ist, der aber etwas viel Kostbareres in seine schäbige Zweizimmerwohnung hineingerettet hat: seine riesige Sammlung Meißner Porzellan. Jahr für Jahr hindert sie ihn daran, in den Westen zu gehen, denn er kann schließlich seine Figuren nicht im Stich lassen. Aber es steckt natürlich noch etwas anderes dahinter - seine Liebe zu Prag, sein bizarres Arrangement mit seiner treusorgenden Haushälterin Marta, die in jeder Weise, nicht nur hinsichtlich der Installation seiner anspruchsvollen erotischen Existenz, unbezahlbar ist, und es steckt ein ästhetisches Lebensgefühl dahinter, das von Ideologien weder irritiert noch verlockt werden kann, weil es unendlich hoch über allen steht. Nº de ref. de la librería KNV9783596103638

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