Miracles of Life

Miracles of Life : Shanghai to Shepperton, an Autobiography

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Never 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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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0871404206
  • 9780871404206
  • 1,435,857

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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

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