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J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard Essay - J. G. Ballard Long Fiction Analysis

J. G. Ballard Long Fiction Analysis

J. G. Ballard’s first seven novels can be sorted easily into two groups. The first four are novels of worldwide disaster, while the next three are stories of cruelty and alienation set in the concrete wilderness of contemporary urban society. All of his novels are, however, linked by a concern with the disintegration of civilization; the principal dynamic of his work has been the movement of that disintegration from a (symbolic) global scale, initially to very intimate local scales and then to somewhat broader but still rather claustrophobic communities.

Ballard’s early disaster stories follow a well-established tradition in British imaginative fiction. British science-fiction writers from H. G. Wells to John...

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