The World and Other Places
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Some of the contained short stories have been previously published in well known publications, such as The New Yorker. Winterson, like other postmodernists, plays with her words so they carry multiple layers and interpretation. She writes in short sentences and short fragments without obvious transitions. This collection questions the nature of narrative. The stories escape reality and often narrative conventions (one of the stories may be narrated by a dead character). Sexuality is often of particular importance with Winterson's stories, particularly "The Poetics of Sex" which concerns itself with a lesbian relationship from beginning to end, framed by the public awareness of lesbians. It was published in hardcover by Jonathan Cape in 1998 in the UK and by Alfred A. Knopf the following year in the US.
Short stories included
- "The 24-Hour Dog"
- "Atlantic Crossing"
- "The Poetics of Sex"
- "The Three Friends"
- "Lives of Saints"
- "O'Brien's First Christmas"
- "The World and Other Places"
- "Disappearance I"
- "Disappearance II"
- "The Green Man"
- "Turn of the World"
- "Holy Matrimony"
- "A Green Square"
- "Adventure of a Lifetime"
- "The Three Friends" in Columbia
- "O'Brien's First Christmas" in Elle
- "Adventure of a Lifetime" in Esquire
- "Orion" in Granta and Home Issue
- "The Poetics of Sex" in Granta and Best of Young British Writers
- "Psalms" in New Statesman
- "The Green Man" and "Disappearance I" (originally titled "Tough Girls Don't Dream") in The New Yorker
- "Newton" appeared in the book The New Gothic edited by Patrick McGrath and Bradford Morrow
- "Atlantic Crossing" was broadcast on BBC Radio