Patagonia

21 August 2015

In 1974 Chatwin packed his bags, put on his best khaki shorts and embarked on a voyage which would result with his novel "In Patagonia".

The legend goes that Bruce was on assignment in New York but never returned only sending a telegram 'Gone to Patagonia for four months' to his employer, the Sunday Times.

He went in search of a cave near Puerto Natales where his great uncle had found a piece of Mylodon skin that fascinated Chatwin as a child. When he got there all he found was a bit of red hair and a lot of dung.

Chatwin's journey wasn't about the final destination but the people he encountered, who ranged from horny gauchos to a homophobic and legless Ukranian woman.