Ballard, J. G. Hello, America

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Hello, America

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All the members of the Apollo expedition, now anchored off the Brooklyn coast after their long voyage from Plymouth, are of some sort of American ancestry. The rest of the world, busy with its own survival, has largely forgotten about America - a nation whose destruction began with its bungling of the energy crisis in the 1980s. The expedition begins in Manhattan and moves west, stopping at Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks until they experience - in the heart of a great Amazon forest - the shock that had been awaiting them in Las Vegas all along. Frank Sinatra, Charles Manson and forty-six Presidents of the United States play their part in J G Ballard's tribute to American dreams past and future. The drama is played out, as one has come to expect from Ballard, in a landscape of haunting vividness. It is America all right, but America as never before.

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‘Mordant and inventive, Ballard at his best’ New Statesman

‘It is futile to have expectations of Ballard: he will inevitably subvert them. All we know for certain is that the novels he will write could not be written, could not even be guessed at, by anyone else’ Martin Amis, Observer

‘Enter Mr Ballard’s worlds and you become entranced in a séance difficult to break out of, so powerful is his method’ The Times

‘This is a very clever fiction, and – yes – another amazing improvisation on Ballard's basic theme’ Guardian

About the Author:

J G Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, China. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the family were interned in a civilian camp. They returned to England in 1945. In 1956 Ballard's first story was published in New Worlds. His first novel The Drowned World was published in 1961. Empire of the Sun, a novel based on his own experiences in China, was published in 1984 and won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the James Tait Black Award and was filmed by Steven Spielberg.

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