Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Lasting Legacy of J.G. Ballard

The Burning WorldThe Lasting Legacy of J.G. Ballard on AbeBooks: If you are looking literature with a distinct edge, then J.G. Ballard is your man. The legacy of this British author (1930-2009) has become a little clearer in the past couple of years. His books still have a following and interest has not dimmed. A new generation have picked up the likes of Crash to discover why this novel shocked their parents.

Ballard wrote more than 15 novels and countless short stories. His style verged into the dystopian and bleak scenarios are commonplace. Crash and Empire of the Sun remain his best known works, but there’s plenty more - Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes are also well worth a read.

1 comment:

Deb said...

His first four novels--all of a dystopian nature--are excellent: The Wind from Nowhere; The Drowned World; The Burned World; and The Crystal World. All of them describe a world where a different eco-crisis has made the landscape uninhabitable.

I think Hgh Rise is his eeriest book: The adults in an apartment complex have all been murdered--but what has happened to the children?

Great stuff!