Drowned World A Novel

ISBN-10: 0871404060

ISBN-13: 9780871404060

Edition: 2012

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Appearing in hardcover inAmerica for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises tobe a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.First published in 1962, J.G.Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained himwidespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of thefinest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifyingworld in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungleshave overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel followsbiologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront acityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, andinsects fiercely compete for domination. Both an unmatched biological mystery and a brilliant retelling of Heartof Darkness—completewith a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiers—this powerful andbeautifully clear (Brian Aldiss) work becomes a thrilling adventure with anoppressive power reminiscent of Conrad (Kingsley Amis).
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 7/23/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

J.G. Ballard was born on November 15, 1930, in Shanghai, China, of British parents. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Ballard studied medicine at Cambridge, but abandoned his studies for writing. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. In his more recent works, such as Empire of the Sun and its sequel, The Kindness of Women, Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre.

Martin Amis lives in London.

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