The Crystal World

Author(s): J.G. Ballard

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From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Cocaine Nights comes an acclaimed backlist title -- the extraordinary vision of an African forest that turns into crystal -- now reissued in new cover style. Through a 'leaking' of time, the West African jungle starts to crystallize. Trees are metamorphosed into enormous jewels. Crocodiles encased in second glittering skins lurch down the river. Pythons with huge blind gemstone eyes rear in heraldic poses. Most men flee the area in terror, afraid to face what they cannot understand. But some, dazzled and strangely entranced, remain to drift through this dreamworld forest. There is a doctor in pursuit of his ex-mistress, an enigmatic Jesuit wields a crystal cross, and a tribe of lepers search for Paradise...

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From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Cocaine Nights comes an acclaimed backlist title -- the extraordinary vision of an African forest that turns into crystal -- now reissued in new cover style. / J.G. Ballard has been at the forefront of modern British fiction for over three decades, achieving remarkable critical acclaim and commercial success / His work ranges from the hugely popular Empire of the Sun, based on his experiences in a Japanese POW camp, via experimental novels such as Crash, a controversial tale of sex and cars, to unnerving visions of worlds gone wrong, as in his most recent novel, Cocaine Nights, in which an idyllic retirement home in Spain hides a secret world of crime, drugs and illicit sex / First published in 1966, The Crystal World is a distinctively surreal vision of an alternate future world -- now being reissued as a Flamingo Modern Classic as part of the repackaging of Flamingo's Ballard backlist

'Beautifully rendered! Ballard the poet in full ecstatic blast.' Anthony Burgess 'Of all the unknown regions Ballard's imagination has opened up, this crystalline forest is the most haunting, with its golden orioles frozen in a lattice of jewels and men like conquistadores embalmed in diamond armour. The creation of the crystal world is something magical and not to be missed.' Guardian 'Brilliantly imagined, dark, brooding, convincing and powerful.' New Statesman 'By far his strongest and most individual novel.' Brian Aldiss

J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His most recent novel is the Sunday Times bestseller, Cocaine Nights. 'One of the few genuine surrealists.' Guardian

General Fields

  • : 9780586024195
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Flamingo
  • : July 1985
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : J.G. Ballard
  • : Paperback
  • : New impression
  • : 176