The sincerest form of flattery: A note on Bruce Chatwin's The 'Estate of Maximilian Tod' as an imitation of Borges

Authors
Citation
Iad. Stewart, The sincerest form of flattery: A note on Bruce Chatwin's The 'Estate of Maximilian Tod' as an imitation of Borges, MOD LANG R, 96, 2001, pp. 723-731
Citations number
27
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
96
Year of publication
2001
Part
3
Pages
723 - 731
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(200107)96:<723:TSFOFA>2.0.ZU;2-Q
Abstract
In Anatomy of Restlessness, an anthology of previously uncollected essays, stories and reviews by Bruce Chatwin, there is a tale which resounds with e choes of the narrative art of Jorge Luis Borges, a writer renowned for his mastery of the short-story genre. Chatwin's piece, "The Estate of Maximilia n Tod", share features of unmistakable likeness with certain of the cuentos gathered in Borges's most celebrated volume, Ficciones. This essay seeks t o elucidate these similarities, noting self-evident resemblances, such as S outh American settings and thematic parities, together with correspondences of a more intricate brand, including those of style, vocabulary and struct ure.