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A thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis), considered by many to be Ballard’s finest.In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed―both physically and psychologically―by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.
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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films.
Martin Amis is one of Britain's most prolific post-war writers and a professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. His stories and essays explore the absurdity of the postmodern condition.
“This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad.”
- Kingsley Amis
“A bold, hypnotic novel, by an author with a genius for the perverse.”
“Rich and strange...Ballard's potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader's mind.”
- Brian Aldiss
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Book Description Gollancz, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. Acceptable, dust jacket has marking, creasing and dust marks. Discoloration, tanning and foxing of pages Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Seller Inventory # mon0000131370
Book Description Jan 01, 1979. Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Hardback with dust cover. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Seller Inventory # P07_0402_HX_06/15
Book Description Gollancz, London, 1978. Hard cover. 176 p. Red cloth binding. Ex library with a stamp on the copyright page, and the back pastedown has some writing on it and has had a pocket removed. Dust jacket is preserved in mylar. Very good in very good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # Alibris0009638
Book Description GOLLANCZ, 1963. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0575002786-2-4
Book Description GOLLANCZ, 1963. Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP95511316
Book Description GOLLANCZ, 1963. Condition: Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP62389757