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Empire of the Sun
by Ballard, J. G.

ISBN: 9780007221523
PUBLISHER: Fourth Estate Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 288
PUBLICATION DATE: 21.04.2006
DIMENSIONS: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres

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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 Japaneseoccupied 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 brandnew cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.

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