- Series: Flamingo Modern Classics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; 60064th edition (May 21, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007116861
- ISBN-13: 978-0007116867
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Easily one of the 20th century's most visionary writers, J. G. Ballard still lives far ahead of his time. Called his "prophetic masterpiece" by many, The Atrocity Exhibition practically lies outside of any literary tradition. Part science fiction, part eerie historical fiction, part pornography, its characters adhere to no rules of linearity or stability. This reissued edition features an introduction by William S. Burroughs, extensive text commentary by Ballard, and four additional stories. Of specific interest are the illustrations by underground cartoonist and professional medical illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner. Her ultrarealistic images of eroticism and destruction add an important dimension to Ballard's text. --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.
`The zenith of the experimental novel in English' Will Self`Brilliant and unnerving ... Ballard is a writer with talent to burn' The Times`These stories - "condensed novels", Ballard has called them - are a high-water mark in English experimental fiction' New York Times`A powerful book ... Phrase and image are constantly disturbing and stimulating' Sunday Telegraph`The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?' Len Deighton
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Be that as it may, this edition is absolutely superb: not only it includes an interview with the author and a short story ("The Smile", written in 1976), it also includes a series of notes from Ballard himself at the end of each chapter. I find these notes extraordinary in every way. Not only for helping in understanding a few things that, for us who were born long after the book was written, may not be as familiar as they were in the '70s, but especially for the things Ballard says about our world, today. It's 2001-Ballard reading what 1970-Ballard wrote. Very enlightening.
My suggestion, for those who haven't read Ballard but want to, is to begin with "Crash". It helps to have that in mind when reading "The Atrocity Exhbition", even if it was written a few years later. For die-hard fans of Ballard, this is a must.