Crash (Paperback)

A Novel

By J. G. Ballard

Picador, 9780312420338, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2001

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/23/2019)
Paperback (4/1/1994)
Paperback (9/1/2008)

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In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an internationally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor.

A classic work of cutting-edge fiction, Crash explores both the disturbing implications and horrific possibilities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations.

About the Author

J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, The Kindness of Women, and Super-Cannes. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. He lives in England.

Praise For Crash: A Novel

"In Ballard the dystopia is not hidden under anything. Nor is it (as with so many fictional dystopias) a vision of the future. It is not the subtext. It is the text..."—Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books

"A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is among our finest writers of fiction."—Anthony Burgess

"Crash sensationally and scintillatingly succeeds."—Martin Amis

"The last great English avatar of the avant-garde."—Will Self