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    DescriptionNever before published in America, this revelatory autobiography--hailed as "fascinating [and] amazingly lucid" (Guardian)--charts the remarkable story of James Graham Ballard, a man described by Martin Amis as "the most original English writer of the last century." Beginning with his Shanghai childhood, Miracles of Life guides us from the deprivations of Lunghua Camp during World War II, which provide the back story for his best-selling Empire of the Sun, to his arrival in war-torn England and his emergence as "the ideal chronicler of our disturbed modernity" (Observer). With prose of characteristic precision, Ballard movingly recalls his first attempts at science fiction, the 1970 American pulping of The Atrocity Exhibition--which sprang from his fascination with JFK conspiracy theories--and his life as a single father after the premature death of his wife. "This book should make yet more converts to a cause that Ballard's devotees have been pleading for years" (Independent).


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    Title
    Miracles of Life
    Subtitle
    Shanghai to Shepperton, an Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J G Ballard, Introduction by China Mi Ville, Introduction by China Mieville
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780871404206
    ISBN 10: 0871404206
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 823.914
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    DC22: 823/.914
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
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    B&T Approval Code: P25100701
    LC classification: PR6052.A46 Z46 2013
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Liveright Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    Liveright Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    04 February 2013
    Review quote
    With the same restraint and lucidity that defined so much of his fiction, Miracles of Life makes the case for viewing the work through the prism of the life, and indeed for deciphering the writings as a kind of post-traumatic eternal return... In the book's most vivid passages, 1930s Shanghai comes to life as a playground for the budding surrealist. --Dennis Lim