In an effort to leave a testifying legacy of his memories and mesmerizing knowledge, Mr Chatwin shares with the reader a careful selection of his numerous travels and adventures, which lead us with him to the beautiful and the bizarre.
The stories are cleverly intertwined with recollections of his encounters with key contemporary thinkers and personalities.
This gives him a platform to also reveal his vast erudition and to touch on cultural and philosophical reflections.
He may sometimes verge on a certain intellectual arrogance, but one can only forgive the precise writer and the well-travelled thinker.
My favourite story? His encounter with Andre Malraux. How about yours?