The Day of Creation
By J. G. Ballard
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312421281, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 2002
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At Port-la-Nouvelle, on the parched terrain of central Africa, Dr. Mallory watches as his clinic fails and dreams of discovering a third Nile that will make the Sahara bloom. When there is a trickle on the local airstrip, and soon a river, the obsessed Mallory claims it as his own creation and sets out for the river’s source.
J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, Concrete Island and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. He lives in England.
“The Day of Creation is a metaphysical adventure story dealing with complex themes—the life-giving qualities of water, the cold eye of television, obsession, love—all set in a dream Africa, as if hallucinated by Joseph Conrad.”—Angela Carter
“Ballard has successfully created a new myth, a late-20th-century saga of distracted humans making a lonely voyage through time and the river to the well-spring of their parched imaginations.” —Time
“A near-classic adventure.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Lyrical, hallucinatory...virtuosic...Few authors today can approach Ballard’s gift for placing his reader in a perfectly realized hypnotic world.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The Day of Creation puts Ballard up with Golding, Forester, and Conrad.” —The Miami Herald