Scission and Other Stories
Scission and Other Stories by Tim Winton. First UK edition (1987). First impression. Medium format hardback in very good condition. There is a soft bump to top of front cover. No internal markings. Dome general wear to dust jacket, now in removable protective sleeve.
About Scission and Other StoriesIn Scission, Tim Winton’s first collection of short stories, the world he paints is often harsh and disturbing, inhabited by isolated, unforgiving characters. It is a world at once familiar, filled with the trappings of home and family. Yet also strangely twisted; a world where casual brutality and unexpected death are never far from the surface. Evident in a young girl’s violent temper once the eggs she has so jealously guarded finally hatch, or in the careless indifference of the woman stepping over a soldier’s spreadeagled body, Tim Winton’s world is a place where dysfunction and disorder constantly threaten the equilibrium. But there is compassion and beauty there too – whether it’s in the brush of a father’s hand against his young son’s cheek, or the neighbours who wait patiently to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.