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The Turning
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版本: 平裝320頁  2006 年 7 月 7 日  Picador出版
ISBN:978-0330441353
內容介紹

The writing of Tim Winton has long been noted for its elegance, precision and keen insight into the human soul. With The Turning, we are given one of the most precise and satisfying distillations of the novelist's art, albeit in what has long been something of an unfashionable form: the short story. The form is often regarded by publishers as something of a commercial liability, even though many great writers (from Somerset Maugham to William Trevor) have excelled in shorter fiction. But Winton, as well as being one of the finest novelists Australia has ever produced, is also a master of the form. The seventeen overlapping tales here encapsulate some of the most insightful observations that he has given us.
What makes the stories so unusual is the fashion in which Winton has managed to find the unusual within the everyday--here, ordinary people are subjected to extraordinary pressures, and everything from middle-aged loss to youthful vacillations of the heart crafted with great skill.

Winton (who was born in Perth in Western Australia) has published fifteen books and has won a variety of literary prizes. The stories here can only add lustre to his reputation. Big World is the story of a friendship between two undergraduates who take on unsatisfactory jobs one frigid January, such as sluicing the blood from the floor of a local meat factory. The duo set off by car in pursuit of diversion, and we learn that neither is particularly lovable (particularly the eccentric Biggie); as the tale advances, the narrator learns to his cost that friendship comes at a price. This immensely involving piece is written in the kind of lambent prose that often aspires to the condition of poetry, despite the banality of the two young men's lives. Similarly, The Turning deals with trailer life, and its unhappy, unfulfilled working-class women are brilliantly characterised. Whatever your feelings about the short story form, you will be doing yourself a disservice to miss this collection. --Barry Forshaw -

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