And he finally reached Patagonia…
Bruce Chatwin not only gives an account of his adventures, but he also uplifts it with migrant characters who, for a variety of reasons, find some shelter in this inhospitable site at the end of the world. Many have come to Patagonia to get away from it all, to live new experiences, to live in exile…and ironically, by the effect of the landscape, they end up face to face with the true “Tierra del Fuego” (Fire Land): a land that rekindles your spirit and reconnects you with your own desires.
When he addresses the environment, he describes it harshly, as a place difficult to tame, “a land of no one and of everyone”, where outcasts seek to survive. In his account he implies that it takes guts to discover that, and that the brave explorers are eventually greatly rewarded. Visitors turn out to be captivated: there lies a new beginning, before the vastness of the environment.
“It was this trip that enticed me into traveling around other continents. You become addicted to desolate places, full of strange myths and legends. For instance, reading about the Templars in Patagonia led me to an interest in the history of the different places that is not usually told while on traditional trips. It is the combination of flora, fauna, sceneries and legends that make conventional trips look different”, adds photographer Hernán Mazza.
Bruce Chatwin’s Patagonia Trip
Argentina´s literary treasure
According to the World Cities Culture forum, Argentina is the country with the most bookstores in the world. This record is ratified by the number of bookstores per inhabitant (25 of them every 100,000 persons). For this reason, we have compiled a number of literary works that will also take you on a trip to the south of this continent.
- Patagonia Blanca by Germán Sopeña
- Patagonia de puño y letra by Mario Markic
- Misteriosa Argentina 1 y 2 by Mario Markic
- Diario de la Patagonia – Charles Darwin
- Vagando por la Patagonia – Julius Beerbohm
- Expedición a la Patagonia – Giacomo Bove
- Andes Patagónicos – Alberto De Agostini
And if you wish to delve deeper into our literature or into works from different countries, you may stop by Ateneo, which is considered as the most beautiful bookstore on Earth by prestigious magazines and cultural organizations like National Geographic. Ateneo was built on the old theatre Grand Splendid, a place where the magic, elegance and splendor all around the place turn this bookstore into a must see highlight while visiting Buenos Aires.