Toccata and Rain


The novel is the confused last few years of a man who has suffered a dissociative disorder – once called a fugue state amnesia… a man who has flown from one life into an assumed ‘other’, then fallen, as it were, back into his original self.

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Simon reluctantly finds himself at the centre of a controversy over two large sculptural spires he has constructed in his suburban backyard in Melbourne. A television interview results in a late-night phone call from a wife in Perth, of whom he has no recollection. Suddenly Simon is plunged into a psychological maelstrom that has at its centre a childhood trauma so horrific in its consequences, he gradually realises that he has been trying to escape from it all his life. Compelling, mysterious and erotically charged, Toccata slowly peels back the layers, ambiguities and complexities of one mans life. The result is a startling virtuoso performance.

Toccata and Rain, Philip Salom’s second novel, was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the WA premier’s Prize.