Empire of the Sun (Paperback)
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Empire of the Sun (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 20/02/2006
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The classic, heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Newly reissued with an introduction by John Lanchester.

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.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Zadie Smith, Rivka Galchen, Hari Kunzru and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007221523
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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

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“A History of understanding”

I've always like reading books and novels which is also based on a movie. It's one of the best things ever in my whole life ever.

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“Pure Ballard”

The Ballard reader should start here.

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“An understated classic”

Every time I re-read this novel, I find myself fantasising about a bygone age of war in the far east and a world without time or responsibilities. Ballard's ability to romanticise the war through the eyes of an... More

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