The Atrocity Exhibition

  • by J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by William Gaminara
  • 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A prophetic and experimental masterpiece by J. G. Ballard, the acclaimed author of Crash and Super-Cannes. This edition features explanatory notes from the author.
The irrational, all-pervading violence of the modern world is the subject of this extraordinary tour de force. The central character’s dreams are haunted by images of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, dead astronauts and car-crash victims as he traverses the screaming wastes of nervous breakdown.
Seeking his sanity, he casts himself in a number of roles: H-bomber pilot, presidential assassin, crash victim, psychopath. Finally, through the black, perverse magic of violence he transcends his psychic turmoil to find the key to a bizarre new sexuality.
J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946.
He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 best seller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J. G. Ballard died in 2009.


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This is Ballard at his best and most provocative. This isn't a conventional novel, but it is held together by a logic that is both relentless and perverse; some of the episodes disturb, others amuse, and a few border on a strange sort of postmodern mysticism. William Gaminra deserves credit for doing an excellent job considering the difficult nature of the material, his cheerful tone belying the dark nature of the book's content in a way that would no doubt have pleased the author. A necessary purchase for Ballard enthusiasts, and a risk worth taking for the uninitiated.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios