The Drowned World
by J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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When London is lost under the rising waters, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale by the author of “Crash” and “Empire of the Sun”, republished here with a new introduction by Martin AmisFluctuations in solar radiation, have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unbearable heatLondon is one of the marshes; lush tropical vegetation pushes the walls of the Ritz Hotel and primitive reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly formed lagoonsSome flee the capital; others remain to pursue reckless regimes, whether in the name of science or profitWhile the submerged part of London’s streets are drained into the search for a treasure, Dr Robert Kerans – part of a group of intrepid researchers comes to accept this submarine from the city and finds himself strangely reluctant to register itFirst published in 1962, Ballard is hypnotic and fiercely imaginative novel has earned him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britain’s most brilliant science fiction writers.This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard’s works, with an introduction by a number of his admirers (including Robert Macfarlane, Martin Amis, James Levier and Ali Smith) and the brand’s new cover models
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