Crash

J. G. Ballard

A former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, Robert Vaughan gathers around him a collection of alienated crash victims. Among them is James Ballard, our narrator, who is drawn into a series of erotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. Vaughan craves the ultimate crash – a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant and iconic celebrity.

Alongside Ballard’s cult, postmodern novel, this special edition, edited by Chris Beckett, includes never-before-seen reproductions of Ballard’s annotated manuscript pages, essays, stories and material that shine a new light on this modern masterpiece.

Reviews of Crash

  • ‘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

    ‘Britain’s number one living novelist’ John Sutherland, Sunday Times

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