Utz (novel)

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First edition
AuthorBruce Chatwin
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published1988 (Jonathan Cape)
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

Utz is a novel written by the British author Bruce Chatwin, first published in 1988.[1] The novel follows the fortunes of Kaspar Utz who lives in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War.[2] Utz is a collector of Meissen porcelain and finds a way to travel outside the Eastern Bloc to acquire new pieces.[3][4] Whilst in the West, Utz often considers defecting but he would be unable to take his collection with him and so, a prisoner of his collection, he is unable to leave.[5][4][6] Utz was shortlisted for the 1988 Booker Prize.[7]

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  1. ^ Ignatieff, Michael (2 March 1989). "On Bruce Chatwin". The New York Review of Books. ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ Bowcott, Owen (18 October 2001). "Chatwin's ceramics mystery solved". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Porcelain Obsession in Bruce Chatwin's Utz". BURNAWAY. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Utz Analysis - eNotes.com". eNotes. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ Utz Summary.
  6. ^ Lanchester, John (29 September 1988). "A Pom by the name of Bruce". London Review of Books. pp. 10–11. ISSN 0260-9592. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Utz Written by Bruce Chatwin". The Booker Prizes. January 1988. Retrieved 19 June 2022.