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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007221835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007221837
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The most important British writer of the latter half of the 20th century’ Will Self

‘Powerful and beautifully clear … Ballard’s potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader’s mind’ Brian Aldiss

‘One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction. This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad’ Kingsley Amis

‘Extraordinarily prescient … Ballard is a prophet’ Philip Pullman, Guardian

‘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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This fast-paced narrative by the author of CRASH and EMPIRE OF THE SUN is a stunning evocation of a flooded, tropical London of the near future and a foray into the workings of the unconscious mind. Set in the future, Ballard imagines a world in which global warming has melted the ice-caps and primordial jungles and swamps have returned to a tropical London. As various members of an expedition to the city busy themselves with more or less futile schemes like draining Leicester Square in hope of loot, the central character Kerans moves to a strange acceptance of and assimilation by this lushly transformed world, vanishing into a final epiphany of heat and light. 'The Drowned World' is a potent, sensual mood-piece -- jewelled and unforgettable.

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