The Day of Creation

The Day of Creation

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J. G. Ballard

In parched Port-la-Nouvelle in central Africa, Dr Mallory watches his clinic fail and dreams of discovering a third Nile tributary to make the Sahara bloom. During his search for water an ancient tree stump is accidentally uprooted and water wells up, spreading until it becomes an enormous river. Naming the river after himself, Mallory becomes obsessed with his creation…

Reviews of The Day of Creation

  • ‘Classic Ballard. Mesmerising. No one writes with such haunting impact’ William Boyd

    ‘A unique writer with a distinctive vision unmatched by any other living novelist. In The Day of Creation Ballard is at the height of his powers … triumphant’ New Statesman

    ‘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’ Guardian

    ‘Absolutely vintage Ballard … Compulsively absorbing: the white heat of its images seems to burn off the page, and the surreal landscapes linger on in the mind’ Independent

    ‘It could only have been imagined by a master of visionary realism … a country of the mind as vivid and viable as anything this extraordinary writer has ever produced’ Spectator

    ‘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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