Empire of the Sun - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)J. G. Ballard (author)
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The classic, heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp.
One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.
Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.
Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered, but judged.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
`An extraordinary achievement' Angela Carter
`A remarkable journey into the mind of a growing boy ... horror and humanity are blended into a unique and unforgettable fiction' Sunday Times
`Remarkable ... form, content and style fuse with complete success ... one of the great war novels of the 20th century' William Boyd
`Gripping and remarkable ... I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war ... unforgettable' Observer
`A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving' Anthony Burgess