A Visit to Don Otavio: A Mexican Journey
By Sybille Bedford. Introduction by Bruce Chatwin. Originally published in 1953. Dutton, Obelisk Paperback, 1986, 288 pp.
A Visit to Don Otavio
was the first book published by Sybille Bedford, a novelist and journalist admired for her intelligence, wit, and prose style. Originally published in 1953 as The Sudden View: A Mexican Journey
, the book was wisely reprinted by Dutton in 1986 and renamed with a title that is at once slightly misleading and also more apt. Misleading, because much of the work focuses on other Mexican travels ; apt, because the visit to Don Otavio is the centerpiece of the work and Otavio himself unquestionably the star. (more…)