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The Drowned World

J.G. Ballard


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PUBLISHED: 10th September 2005
ISBN: 9780007221837
ANNOTATION:
When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of 'Crash' and 'Empire of the Sun', reissued here with a new introduction from Martin Amis.
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  • Paperback
    $19.08
PUBLISHED: 10th September 2005
ISBN: 9780007221837
ANNOTATION:
When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of 'Crash' and 'Empire of the Sun', reissued here with a new introduction from Martin Amis.

Annotation

When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of 'Crash' and 'Empire of the Sun', reissued here with a new introduction from Martin Amis.

Publisher Description

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.

Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat. London is a swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and primeval reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly-formed lagoons. Some flee the capital; others remain to pursue reckless schemes, either in the name of science or profit. While the submerged streets of London are drained in search of treasure. Dr Robert Kerans - part of a group of intrepid scientists - comes to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it.

First published in 1962, Ballard's mesmerising and ferociously imaginative novel gained him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britain's finest writers of science fiction.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including James Lever, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs.

Author Biography

J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and 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, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His controversial novel Crash was also made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. His most recent novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes.

Review

Praise for J.G.Ballard: 'There are those (and I am among them) who would back Ballard as Britain's number one living novelist' John Sutherland, Sunday Times 'One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction' Kingsley Amis

Long Description

When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of 'Crash' and 'Empire of the Sun', reissued here with a new introduction from Martin Amis. Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat. London is a swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and primeval reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly-formed lagoons. Some flee the capital; others remain to pursue reckless schemes, either in the name of science or profit. While the submerged streets of London are drained in search of treasure, Dr Robert Kerans - part of a group of intrepid scientists - comes to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it. First published in 1962, Ballard's mesmerising and ferociously imaginative novel gained him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britain's finest writers of science fiction. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Robert Macfarlane, Martin Amis, James Lever and Ali Smith) and brand-new cover designs.

Review Quote

Praise for J.G.Ballard:There are those (and I am among them) who would back Ballard as Britain's number one living novelist' John Sutherland, Sunday Times'One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction' Kingsley Amis

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  • J. G. Ballard was at the forefront of modern British fiction for over three decades, achieving remarkable critical acclaim and commercial success. He has a large and very dedicated fanbase. 'The Drowned World' was his first major published novel - and seems eerily prescient in today's flooded England. It will be given a stunning new cover treatment and reissued as part of an ongoing update of the J. G. Ballard series style. It will feature a fantastic new introduction by Martin Amis * 'Empire of the Sun', shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. 'Crash' was also later made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. An all-star film adaptation of 'High-Rise' directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Hiddleston is in production now. Competition: Martin Amis;Brian Aldiss;

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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. Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat. London is a swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and primeval reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly-formed lagoons. Some flee the capital; others remain to pursue reckless schemes, either in the name of science or profit. While the submerged streets of London are drained in search of treasure. Dr Robert Kerans - part of a group of intrepid scientists - comes to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it. First published in 1962, Ballard's mesmerising and ferociously imaginative novel gained him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britain's finest writers of science fiction. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including James Lever, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs. Gold title J. G. Ballard was at the forefront of modern British fiction for over three decades, achieving remarkable critical acclaim and commercial success. He has a large and very dedicated fanbase. 'The Drowned World' was his first major published novel - and seems eerily prescient in today's flooded England. It will be given a stunning new cover treatment and reissued as part of an ongoing update of the J. G. Ballard series style. It will feature a fantastic new introduction by Martin Amis 'Empire of the Sun', shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. 'Crash' was also later made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. An all-star film adaptation of 'High-Rise' directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Hiddleston is in production now. Competition: Martin Amis;Brian Aldiss;

Product Details

Author
J.G. Ballard
Pages
176
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-10
0007221835
ISBN-13
9780007221837
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Short Title
DROWNED WORLD
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-09-10
Residence
Shepperton, ENK
Series
P.S. (Paperback)
Audience
General/Trade