The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard

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One can feel the heat, see the jungles spilling over the roofs of the inundated hotels and apartment buildings, hear the screams of the iguanas and the giant bats.
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A new generation discovers "the most original English writer of the last century." —China Miéville, The Nation

Appearing in hardcover in America for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises to be a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.

First published in 1962, J.G.Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained him widespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of the finest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungle shave overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront a city scape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects fiercely compete for domination. Both an unmatched biological mystery and a brilliant retelling of Heart of Darkness—complete with a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiers—this “powerful and beautifully clear” (Brian Aldiss) work becomes a thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis).

 

About J. G. Ballard

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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films.
 
Published July 23, 2012 by Liveright. 209 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 16 2011

The reader is immediately absorbed by the intenseness of the moment and the prehistoric landscapes that Mr. Ballard conjures up out of a world smitten by a hot cataclysmic catastrophe.

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Excellent

One can feel the heat, see the jungles spilling over the roofs of the inundated hotels and apartment buildings, hear the screams of the iguanas and the giant bats.

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Newcity Lit

Below average
on Sep 17 2012

Ballard wrote with the methodical clarity of an autopsy report, made all the more surreal by the subject walking, talking and drinking Scotch.

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