Utz - Vintage Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

As Seen on BBC Between the Covers

This is Chatwin's unforgettable novel of a man in war-torn Communist Prague, driven to protect his collection of porcelain figurines at any cost.


Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of the enigmatic and unconventional hero, Kaspar Utz. Despite the restrictions of Cold War Czechoslovakia, Utz asserts his individuality through his devotion to his precious collection of Meissen porcelain. Although Utz is permitted to leave the country each year, and considers defecting each time, he is not allowed to take his porcelain with him and so he always returns to his Czech home, a prisoner both of the Communist state and of his collection.

'Chatwin at his most erudite and evocative' New York Times

'His final tour de force... a pristine miniature' Independent

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Book information

ISBN: 9780099770015
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 127
Weight: 110g
Height: 197mm
Width: 131mm
Spine width: 9mm