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  • Crash (HarperPerennial) – Mass-market paperback (2008)
    by J. G. Ballard, Zadie Smith (Introduction by)

    Crash

    Mass-market paperback, HarperPerennial
    2008
    208 pages

    ISBN: 000728702X
    ISBN-13: 9780007287024

    The definitive cult, post-modern novel - a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism - reissued with a new introduction from Zadie Smith. When Ballard, our narrator, smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, he finds himself drawn with increasing intensity to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments with a series of auto-erotic ... Show more

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
Matias

excelent

by Matias on Jun 2, 2011

very recommendable seller, everything was on time and shape they promised

CatParty

Disgusting, Pornographic, and Great

by CatParty on Oct 20, 2008

Usually I wouldn't use the terms "disgusting" and "pornographic" in the same sentence as the word "great", but J.G. Ballard has inspired me to do so. I think what really fascinated me by this book was that it presented an idea so radically different than anything I have ever known previously. Basically, Crash is about a group of people who become sexually excited during a car crash, and the different lives they lead and their connection. It is very graphic and vulgar, and yet has such a strange uniqueness that I felt compelled to read it. Ballard merges the concepts of technology and sexuality with grotesque but eloquent writing. For example, one quote from the book (don't worry, it will not reveal any spoilers), is an excellent example of what I am trying to convey; "Already I was aware that the interlocked radiator grilles of our cars formed the model of an inescapable and perverse union between us." James, the main character, if you will, is describing the violent car crash that created his awe and fascination for the intimacy of car crashes. He is brought further into this world of sex and pain when he meets the eccentric Vaughn. I don't want to call all the people involved immoral, because there is something very human and desperate to these acts of violent sexual activity; they are sort of on a different level, despite how primative their behavior seems. If you will be offended by vulgarity, do not read this book. If you have a very weak stomach, do not read this book. If you are neither of these, and you are looking to read something that is obscene and revolutionary in thought, then you must read this book.

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