Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

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'Songlines' or 'Dreaming Tracks' are what all Europeans call the

labyrinth of invisible pathways that meander all over Australia. To

Aboriginals, they are the 'Footprints of the Ancestors'; they are both

intricate sources of personal identity and territorial markers. From

such ancient line, Bruce Chatwin has been able to trace a great deal

about an Aboriginal culture as complex as it is different from our own.

The conflict between the two ways of life mirrors that within

'civilised' man himself. Disputes over the right to excavate land that

is sacred to wandering tribes highlight the importance of myth and

instinct in the human psyche. What might in other hands seem

theatrically picaresque, Bruce Chatwin transforms into something

approaching the scale of Greek tragedy. . .

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