The Inner Man

The Inner Man : The Life of J.G. Ballard

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To many people, J.G. Ballard will always be the schoolboy in Steven Spielberg's movie Empire of the Sun, struggling to survive as an internee of the Japanese during World War II. Others remember him as the author of CRASH, a meditation on the eroticism of the automobile and the car crash, which also became a film and a cause celebre for its frank depiction of a fetish which, as this book reveals, was no literary conceit but a lifelong preoccupation. In this first biography, John Baxter draws on an admiration of and acquaintance with Ballard that began when they were writers for the same 1960s science fiction magazines. With the help of the few people whom he admitted to his often hermit-like existence, it illuminates the troubled reality behind the urbane and amiable facade of a man who was proud to describe himself as 'psychopathic'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 453.59g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0753828898
  • 9780753828892

About John Baxter

John Baxter began his writing career at the same time as J.G. Ballard in the 1960s, and in the same science fiction magazines. He has subsequently published 40 books.show more

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