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Baronessa Beatrice Monti della Corte

Baronessa Beatrice Monti della Corte, who will be known to those familiar with Chatwin's life as the wife (now widow) of the novelist Gregor von Rezzori, is profiled in Bloomberg Business Week, of all places, where she talks of her writer's retreat, Santa Maddalena, which was inspired by Bruce Chatwin's visits:

'Bruce Chatwin gave me the idea, without either of us really realizing it. He used to visit Santa Maddalena to write.

When my husband died, I realized I still wanted my house to be a place where writers like Bruce could come and work. For the first year I invited my friends, simply because it was the easiest thing to do. And it grew from there.'

Amongst other prominent writers, she has hosted celebrated figures such as Orhan Pamuk, Michael Cunningham, Edmund White, and Zadie Smith.