♥ Book Title : Kingdom Come: A Novel
☯ Full Synopsis : "“J.G. Ballard is the undisputed laureate of suburban psychosis. . . . A brilliant novel.”—Literary Review A violent novel filled with insidious twists, Kingdom Come follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport. When the prime suspect is released without charge, Richard’s suspicions are aroused. Investigating the mystery, Richard uncovers at the Metro-Centre mall a neo-fascist world whose charismatic spokesperson is whipping up the masses into a state of unsustainable frenzy. Riots frequently terrorize the complex, immigrant communities are attacked by hooligans, and sports events mushroom into jingoistic political rallies. In this gripping, dystopian tour de force, J.G. Ballard holds up a mirror to suburban mind rot, revealing the darker forces at work beneath the gloss of consumerism and flag-waving patriotism."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Crash
☯ Full Synopsis : "The definitive cult, post-modern novel – a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Concrete Island
☯ Full Synopsis : "On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland-a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe-realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory in Concrete Island."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Empire of the Sun
☯ Full Synopsis : "The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China. Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him. Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world. Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cocaine Nights
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘Snort up “Cocaine Nights”. It’s disorientating, deranging and knocks the work of other avant-garde writers into a hatted cock’ Will Self"Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Atrocity Exhibition
☯ Full Synopsis : "First published in 1970 and widely regarded as a prophetic masterpiece, this is a groundbreaking experimental novel by the acclaimed author of ‘Crash’ and ‘Super-Cannes’."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Unlimited Dream Company: A Novel
☯ Full Synopsis : ""A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire." —New York Times Book Review When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the twentieth century’s most visionary writers."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : J.G. Ballard
☯ Full Synopsis : "A comprehensive account of the work of J.G. Ballard, one of the most important fiction writers of the past forty years. Traces the development of his career, and the significant contribution he has made to contemporary writing."Article| Andrzej Gasiorek| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Running Wild
☯ Full Synopsis : "Yet again J. G. Ballard’s inimitable clairvoyance is on display in this timely, powerful story of a community shattered by a massive act of violence. A massacre rocks a suburban utopia—thirty-two adults murdered, and their children missing—in Running Wild, one of Ballard’s most dazzlingly subversive works of fiction. “To Ballard, lack of choice . . . is a dangerous state of being. In Running Wild, it’s not the children who are doing the running; it is the society that raised them” (San Francisco Chronicle)."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : J.G. Ballard
☯ Full Synopsis : "Despite increasing recognition of his unique talents as a novelist and a short story writer, J.G. Ballard (b. 1930) remains one of the most controversial presences in contemporary British fiction. His obsessions with various forms of violence, alienation and sexual perversion have puzzled many readers, critics and publishers. Still, Ballard's imaginative powers and the originality of his work have also won him the admiration of a broad and international readership. Examining the whole range of Ballard's writings, from the early science fiction stories to Cocaine Nights (1996), Delville's study offers a critical and theoretically informed analysis of his achievements as a novelist and a commentator on contemporary culture. It also identifies and clarifies a number of themes which have occupied Ballard throughout his career. These recurrent concerns include the latent and manifest meanings of technological culture, the impact of modern media on the private and collective imagination and the postulate"Article| Michel Delville| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : War Fever
☯ Full Synopsis : "A war-ravaged Beirut is the setting for the title story of this visionary collection by J. G. Ballard, a tale in which a young street fighter inadvertently discovers how to bring an end to the bloodshed only to find that his solution is all too effective as far as some supposedly neutral observers are concerned. Other stories in War Fever feature an assassination plot against an American astronaut, the leader of an authoritarian religious movement; a man who is destroyed by a car crash and resolves never to leave his apartment again; and the survivor of a toxic-waste ship wrecked on a deserted Caribbean island."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Super-Cannes
☯ Full Synopsis : "A high-tech business park on the Mediterranean coast is the setting for a most disturbing crime in this bestseller from the master of dystopia, J.G. Ballard."Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Memories of the space age
☯ Full Synopsis : "The chief proponent of New Wave science fiction during the 1960s, J.G. Ballard in the intervening decades has become one of the most significant and influential voices in contemporary fiction, an author whose apocalyptic imaginings have explored the major myths and metaphors of our century. One of Ballard's most insistent concerns, beginning with "The Cage of Sand" in 1962, has been the psychological implications of man's exploration of outer space. Over the years the author has written a series of mesmerizing stories set within the rusting gantries of Cape Canaveral, involving moribund astronauts encircling the Earth, and depicting a world in retreat from the ravages of time. All of the Cape Canaveral and related fiction is collected in the present volume, including several previously unreprinted works by this visionary master. "The Cage of Sand," "A Question of Re-entry," "The Dead Astronaut," "My Dream of Flying to Wake Island," "News from the Sun," "Memories of the Space Age," "Myths of the Near Future," and "The Man Who Walked on the Moon.""Article| J. G. Ballard| Statement ..."