- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (3 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000728702X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007287024
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Crash Paperback – 3 Jul 2014
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'A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is amongst our finest writers of fiction' Anthony Burgess
'One of the few genuine surrealists this country has produced, the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination' Guardian
'Ballard has issued a series of bulletins on the modern world of almost unerring prescience. Other writers describe; Ballard anticipates' Will Self
From the Publisher
Like many of Ballard's other novels, the seeds for Crash were sown in a short story or, in effect, the series of stories that were eventually published as The Atrocity Exhibition (or Love and Napalm: Export USA). Described by Will Self as representing `the zenith of the experimental novel in English' and `a profound and disquieting book' by William Burroughs, The Atrocity Exhibition is composed of seemingly disconnected, almost shard-like tales, some made up of short listed paragraphs. Full of extreme imagery and, as its author admits, `rather obsessive sexual fantasies about the prominent figures of the day', it strove, in its fragmentary structure, to emulate the confused (and confusing) messages of news broadcasts, advertising billboards, television commercials and technical manuals. In an author's note readers were advised to `simply turn the pages until a paragraph catches your eye'.
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Top Customer Reviews
If anyone asks me in real life what this book is about, I tell them it's car crash porn, and that's not an exaggeration or understatement. It's well written and enjoyable, but it's the only book I have ever taken breaks from. Sometimes I need a minute (or day) to accept the things I just saw happen and reflect on my life. Worth a read though.
This isn't an erotic novel, the sexual content is handled in such a way to make it clinical, almost replulsive to the reader (sexual organs are described with as much enthusiasm as a steering wheel column). Sex becomes just another mechanical act, like driving a car, the repetition only serves to highlight that fact. The endless cycle and the numbing realisation that as a postmodern audience we become deadened to the horrors that surround us that are brought into our homes by the media is also central to understanding this text.
Ballard's novel brings to light the desensitised nature of human beings who watch mass murders on the nightly news with as much affect as the advertisement for soap powder which follows.
Ballard's novel is an implossion of fantasy and reality. Bringing together the society that thrives on spectacle to the point that watching a car crash has become prime time viewing. The death of affect - the fulfilment of human passions onto material technologies rather than people, resulting in a displacement of passion and an inability to connect is also central to this text.
After this read The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter.
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Depraved, lyrical, apocalyptic, and finally overwhelming. An astonishing novel.Published 6 months ago by Rich H
The best, most fluent and captivating book I have read in a long time. The subject matter is bizarre - and I am still chewing over JG Ballard's comments that it is his most... Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. A. Cookson
Disturbing ,provoking ,scatological-one of the great alternative classics of the twentieth century and incredibly influential. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony Hyland
I still haven't finished this. I find the themes pretty grim and struggle to pick it up after work... Perhaps I will finish it one dayPublished 17 months ago by Vahsti hale