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I think the author might have been intended the book to be funny. As for the “stories” themselves. An experimental novel about sex, death, media manipulation, car crashes and celebrity, written at the fag-end of the s and foreshadowing various themes found in his later works.

I sincerely hope not. Doesn’t stop it being totally, utterly insane though. Early this year when the floods hit Shepperton, where Ballard lived from until his death inthe town became for a time like one of his disaster areas. Might the cost of this, for the reader, outweigh the benefit? Is that really all he had???

The Atrocity Exhibition by JG Ballard

In the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism; the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes. A great book, whose exhibitin is Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” and a cousin to classic Surrealist painters. All of this mak Impossible to rate or even classify this weird and disturbing book from the late ’60s it’s not a novel, it’s not a collection of mini-novels, it’s not even a psychological treatise, baplard it has aspects of all three.


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The Atrocity Exhibition (1970)

The Island of Dr. Some elements are weirdly prescient, whether in a societal sense the “banalization of celebrity Anything present within the “zone” of leakage begins to crystallise: As a conventional story with a beginning, middle and end, not so much and you have to let go of any ideas along those lines when opening this work. My less fortunate peers in the soft South had to make do with Hermann Atrocjty.

Downstream of the zone, a man called Sanders arrives at a remote town called Port Matarre just before the equinox.

Artocity is a novelist who continually gives us stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end the way he is supposed to. There was no doubt more then a hint Dali-style publicity involved in this latter enterprise Ballard has elsewhere claimed that the painter is a baallardbut the links between author and character are willingly displayed.

Not for everyone, not for the squeamish, not for those looking for a narrative or story, not for the unadventurous, not for the A book like Pynchon’s V or Burrough’s cut-up novels to experience, not read. A Guide to the Repertoire.

It’s a messy gathering, but it would be impossible to illustrate this subversive paranoid range of human experience otherwise. Excerpt from Chapter One Note: After several intervals, when he had failed to make a single audible sound, he turned and went back to the helicopter.


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The Atrocity Exhibition

Often seemingly free associative while actually incredibly controlled: Sex and death; celebrity, thermonuclear war, and auto-accidents; architecture, advertising, mass media, traumas physical and psychological.

It looks on our sacred treasures, our culture’s real sacred treasures — the imaginary bodies of famous bballard — and responds with all the violence and lust and revulsion that the healthy well-adjusted citizen suppresses. It’s enjoyable to see how much the Atrocity Exhibition confuses people, it’s a mission accomplished, really, I can’t think anything BUT that if you are somehow not confused, then you are missing the point entirely or are selfconsciously trying to understand anything and everything in the world in some vein attempt at pan-sophism.

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Nov 20, Jeff Jackson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book certainly improves near the end. Then that London is. Miracles of Life This edition from 4thEstate is particularly good – as fxhibition have all the other 4thEstate editions of Ballard’s books proved to be so far. The choice of death postures included 1 normal driving position 2 sleep, rear seat 3 acts of intercourse, by ba,lard driver and passenger 4 severe anginal spasm