‘Absolutely vintage Ballard…Never anything but compulsively absorbing: the white heat of its images seems to burn off the page, and the surreal landscapes linger on in the mind’ Independent
‘An exciting plot, unfolded with a master’s cunning … Ballard has written an adventure story that constantly surprises and excites’ Guardian
‘A metaphysical adventure story dealing with complex themes – the life-giving power of water, the cold eye of television, obsession and love – all set in a dream Africa, as if hallucinated by Joseph Conrad’ Angela Carter
‘A blend of animated reverie, myth and adventure story, The Day of Creation imprints itself on the mind by its acid sweetness’ Times Literary Supplement
From the Back Cover
In parched Port-la-Nouvelle in central Africa, Dr Mallory watches his clinic fail and dreams of discovering a third Nile to make the Sahara bloom. During his search for water, an ancient tree stump is uprooted by a bulldozer and water wells up, spreading until it becomes an enormous river. With the once arid land now abounding in birds and beasts, the obsessed Mallory forges up-river in an old car ferry, clashing with hostile factions as he tries to find the source of his own creation… An unforgettable voyage of the imagination from the best-selling author of 'Empire of the Sun', 'Crash', and 'Super-Cannes'.
"This is classic Ballard. Mesmerising. No one writes with such haunting impact."
"An exciting plot unfolded with a master's cunning. Ballard has brought off something rare in this fine book. He has written an adventure story that constantly surprises and excites."
"A unique writer with a distinctive vision unmatched by any other living novelist, and in 'The Day of Creation' Ballard is at the height of his powers… triumphant."
"A blend of animated reverie, myth and adventure story, 'The Day of Creation' imprints itself on the mind with acid sweetness."
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
"Ballard's prose sizzles off the page."
About the Author
J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, 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. His controversial novel Crash was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography Miracles of Life was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, Extreme Metaphors, will be published in 2012. J.G. Ballard passed away in 2009.