Ballard, J. G. The Drowned World

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This fast-paced narrative by the author of CRASH and EMPIRE OF THE SUN is a stunning evocation of a flooded, tropical London of the near future and a foray into the workings of the unconscious mind. Set in the future, Ballard imagines a world in which global warming has melted the ice-caps and primordial jungles and swamps have returned to a tropical London. As various members of an expedition to the city busy themselves with more or less futile schemes like draining Leicester Square in hope of loot, the central character Kerans moves to a strange acceptance of and assimilation by this lushly transformed world, vanishing into a final epiphany of heat and light. 'The Drowned World' is a potent, sensual mood-piece -- jewelled and unforgettable.

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J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller `Empire of the Sun' won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel `Crash' was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography `Miracles of Life' was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, `Extreme Metaphors', will be published in 2012. J.G. Ballard passed away in 2009.

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`The most important British writer of the latter half of the 20th century' Will Self `Powerful and beautifully clear ... Ballard's potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader's mind' Brian Aldiss `One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction. This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad' Kingsley Amis `Extraordinarily prescient ... Ballard is a prophet' Philip Pullman, Guardian `The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?' Len Deighton

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