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Dirt Music
塵土之音
版本: 精裝480頁  2002 年 5 月 24 日  Picador出版
ISBN:978-0330490245
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內容介紹

澳洲,早年為英國放逐罪犯的領域,被迫成了世界的邊陲之地,但是又因為擁有獨特的地理自然環境,四面鄰海,廣闊的腹地、內有沙漠、外有大堡礁,讓土地上的人民極具堅毅的性格。作者提姆.溫頓在小說中常探討的就是這種兼俱邊緣性與多元性的生命力。

《塵土之音》一書中的女主角George Jutland雖有顯著的家世,但骨子裡卻充滿叛逆性格,,之後離家與漁夫的先生另起家庭,但年滿四十的她竟發現所愛非人,對先生已不再有熱情,對管教先生與前妻的兩個孩子也充滿無力感。她因生活空虛而寄情於酗酒與網路。但當George愛上了聲名狼藉的音樂家Lu,她的生活將呈現一百八十度的大轉變,最後當街頭巷坊群起攻擊Lu,他們倆只能隱遁曠野,渴望找到兩人共同心靈的救贖。

 

作者介紹

提姆.溫頓 (Tim Winton) 1960年出生於西澳大利亞州的首府伯斯(Perth),幼時移居鄉間小鎮阿爾巴尼(Albany)。他是澳洲眾所推崇與肯定的小說家之一,讀者遍及成人和兒童,並榮獲多項文學獎肯定。他的書仍持續再版,有多達18國外語譯本,並成功改編成舞臺劇、電影和廣播劇。
他19歲的第一本小說創作《An Open Swimmer》即獲得澳洲國家文學獎(Australian Vogel National Literary Award),從此他展開全職的寫作生涯。他曾以《The Riders》與《Dirt Music》兩本小說入圍英國布克獎最後候選名單(shortlist for The Man Booker Prize)。他另一本作品《Cloudstreet》曾獲得澳洲知名的法蘭克林獎(Miles Franklin),之後被改編成劇本於美國、歐洲等地劇院巡迴演出,這本書被列入全澳洲人最喜愛的小說書單中。

2002年出版的《Dirt Music》,特別與名廣播人Lucky Oceans合作出同名CD專輯作為小說配樂。2008年出版的《Breath》將改拍成電影,另一小說《THE TURNING》也預計在 2013年底前搬上大螢幕。


提姆.溫頓曾旅居義大利、法國、愛爾蘭、和希臘,現與妻子和三名子女定居澳洲西部。作者官網:https://www.facebook.com/timwintonauthor

書評

 Arguably one of the finest of all Australian novelists, Tim Winton shows that he remains in top form with Dirt Music, a wistful, charged, ardent novel of female loss and amatory redemption. The setting is Winton's favorite: the thorn-bushed, sheep-farmed, sun-punished boondocks of Western Australia. The cast is limited but spirited: the two chief protagonists are Georgie Jutland, a fortysomething adoptive mother with a vodka problem, and Luther Fox, a brooding, feral, bushwhacking poacher.

The plot is something else altogether: an elegantly wearied, cleverly finessed mutual odyssey that opts to follow the sometimes intertwining, sometimes diverging lives of poor Georgie and Luther as they try to deal with the odd alliance they comprise, as well as the complex and fractured lives they want to leave behind. The way Georgie deals with her unwitting inheritance of two dissatisfied adopted kids is particularly touching, poignant, and well written.


Best of all, though, is the prose. Somehow it manages to be simultaneously juicy and dry, like a desert cactus. This is especially true when Winton touches on the scented harshness of the Down Under outback: "the music is jagged and pushy and he for one just doesn't want to bloody hear it, but the outbursts of strings and piano are as austere and unconsoling as the pindan plain out there with its spindly acacia and red soil." This is a wise and accomplished novel. --Sean Thomas, Amazon.co.uk