This novel opens with the narrator in hospital after a serious car crash in which he killed a doctor's husband. When he leaves hospital, he revisits the scene of the crash, and meets the doctor. They begin an affair which involves sexual experiments on London motorways.
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J. G. Ballard's graphic, violent novel is controversial wherever it is read, even on Amazon.com's own Web page! The book's characters are obsessed with automobile accidents and are determined to narrate the horrors of the car crash as luridly as possible. In the words of the novel's protagonist, the wounds caused by automobile collisions are "the keys to a new sexuality born from a perverse technology." Read this novel and learn why David Cronenberg, who had previously adapted Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch for the screen, fought to turn it into his latest film.About the Author:
J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, Concrete Island, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He died in 2009.
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. An EX LIBRARY copy in VERY GOOD overall condition. May have some library stamps, marks etc. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000191488
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Dustjacket. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002763387
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1973. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The boards have fading to the spine and to a strip along the top rear edge along with a very slight dent in the top edge of the front panel. The page edges have some very slight spotting and there is a trace from a pencilled price on the front free endpaper but the pages are otherwise clean and bright. The jacket has excellent colouring with no fading to the spine. There is some rubbing along the edges with light chipping at the top of the spine. The front panel has several small dents near the centre, a surface crease in the top right hand corner and a small surface nick on the top edge. The rear panel has a thin strip of damage to the surface along the very bottom edge. Light yellowing to areas of the flaps with a three inch long semi-circular patch of damp staining to the reverse over the bottom of the spine area. First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 007280
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. First British edition, first printing. Very Good in a Good dust jacket with price intact. Front board lightly bowed. A few small spots of bleeding to front end paper. Water warping to just jacket, with wrinkling to laminate; ding to front panel near spine. Served as the basis for the 1966 film. Bookseller Inventory # 160407002
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression – Review Copy with publisher’s review slip (listing publication for 28 June 1973) loosely laid-in. Near Fine: tight and square binding in sharp blue cloth, sunned to the tips of the spine; toning to the edge of the page block; a couple of short corner creases, otherwise crisp and clean, free of marks, inscriptions and foxing. The unclipped dustwrapper (£2.25 net stated) is Very Good: bright and vivid with just a hint of sunning to the spine; small chip to the heel of the spine and some rubbing and minor wrinkling at the extremities; presented in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. An attractive copy. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Bookseller Inventory # H949
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1973. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Small scrapes on the surface of the front and rear of the boards. Tiny brown stain affecting the very tips of pages 13 to 20. Very small light stain on bottom of page edges. Otherwise a near Fine copy of the book. The jacket has excellent colouring with no fading to the spine. There is some rubbing along the edges with a tiny nick in the centre of the top edge of the front panel where there is also a small piece missing from the surface of the laminate. Another tiny closed tear at the bottom of the front flap. Light rippling to laminate down the left hand side of the front panel but no damage to the surface. First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 006237
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition.. Hardback with dustjacket. Blue boards in fine condition, with titles in bright gilt on the spine. The dustjacket is near fine, with just a few very tiny bumps to the edge. We can supply photographs of the book if required. Bookseller Inventory # 029622
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1973. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Very scarce first UK edition. Dust Jacket has wear to top and bottom, and corners, and a a small tear (about 1") not closed on spine rear at top, but otherwise no missing pieces or tears. Some minor rippling to laminate on front dust jacket, near front edge. This is the first UK edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Previous owner's inscription, lavish, in ink on inside front cover endpaper. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Antiquarian & Rare. ISBN: 0224007823. ISBN/EAN: 9780224007825. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 12419. Bookseller Inventory # 12419
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0224007823
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First British (and true first) Edition (first printing). A novel by the author of THE CRYSTAL WORLD and EMPIRE OF THE SUN, a story of the future where sex and technology form a nightmare marriage. Inspiration for the David Cronenberg film. Fine/Fine but for slight bumping and crimping at the foot of the spine. Bookseller Inventory # 16023