The Drowned World

The Drowned World

By J. G. Ballard; Martin Amis (Introduction by)

Liveright Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780871404060, 198pp.

Publication Date: July 23, 2012

Description
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 jungles have 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 cityscape 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 the Author
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.

Enfant terrible des lettres britanniques, Martin Amis s est taille une reputation de romanciersulfureux, passe maitre dans l art de questionner notre morale et les exces de l Occident. Satiristepostmoderne, expert en usage de l ironie, de l humour et de la fantaisie, il est l auteur dedouze romans, sept essais et deux recueils de nouvelles. Le Times l a designe comme l un desplus grands ecrivains anglais depuis 1945