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  • JG Ballard: five years on – a celebration

    Disaster zones, warped modernity, fetishised sex – welcome to the world of JG Ballard, who died five years ago this month. His complete works are being reissued: seven admiring writers - John Gray, Hari Kunzru, Robert Macfarlane, Deborah Levy, James Lever, China Miéville and Michel Faber - explore what makes particular books so memorable, and so strange.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...books-reissued
    Over the course of this year, Fourth Estate will reissue JG Ballard's complete works. The first titles* are out this month, the next in June; the pieces above are edited versions of the new introductions.
    *High Rise, The Drowned World, The Atrocity Exhibition, The Crystal World & Miracles of Life (April 10 2014)
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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    • Chris Hall interviews Fay Ballard for The Guardian ahead of her exhibition, House Clearence, about her memories of both her mother, who died when Fay was seven, and her father.



      http://www.fayballard.com
      _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
      _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
      _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
      _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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