- Series: Flamingo Modern Classics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; 60064th edition (May 21, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007116867
- ISBN-13: 978-0007116867
- ASIN: 0007116861
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. 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.
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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.
I would like to add that the illustrated edition by ReSearch is the edition to have (I am not sure if this is the one that is currently available from Amazon). Phoebe Gloeckner's work and the B&W photographic collages really add tremendously to the already powerful words of J.G. Ballard.