Empire of the Sun

by J G Ballard

On Sale: 01/03/2030

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About the Book

A special, limited edition of J G Ballard's classic, acclaimed novel – the heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War.

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007378333
  • ISBN 10: 0007378335
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - GB
  • On Sale: 01/03/2030
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 145.00 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Biography

J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller ‘Empire of the Sun’ won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel ‘Crash’ was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography ‘Miracles of Life’ was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, ‘Extreme Metaphors’, was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.


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