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Miracles of Life Shanghai to Shepperton, an Autobiography

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ISBN-10: 0871404206

ISBN-13: 9780871404206

Edition: 2013

Authors: J. G. Ballard, China Mi�ville

List price: $25.95
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Never before published in America, this revelatory autobiography—hailed as fascinating [and] amazingly lucid (Guardian)—charts the remarkable story of James Graham Ballard, a man described by Martin Amis as the most original English writer of the last century. Beginning with his Shanghai childhood, Miracles of Life guides us from the deprivations of Lunghua Camp during World War II, which provide the back story for his best-selling Empire of the Sun, to his arrival in war-torn England and his emergence as the ideal chronicler of our disturbed modernity (Observer). With prose of characteristic precision, Ballard movingly recalls his first attempts at science fiction, the 1970 American…    
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 2/4/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
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…    

China Miéville was born in Norwich, England. Miéville acquired a B.A. in social anthropology from Cambridge in 1994, and a Master's with distinction and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, the latter in 2001. Miéville has also held a Frank Knox fellowship at Harvard University. His first novel, King Rat, was nominated for both an International Horror Guild and a Bram Stoker award. Miéville has written seven novels. The latest one, The City & the City, was published in May of 2009. He is fond of describing his work as "weird fiction" and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird. Miéville published a book on Marxism and international law…