Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 4, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A final statement from the greatest clairvoyant of twentieth-century literature.

Never before published in America, this revelatory autobiography—hailed as “fascinating [and] amazingly lucid” (Guardian)—charts the remarkable story of James Graham Ballard, a man described by Martin Amis as “the most original English writer of the last century.” Beginning with his Shanghai childhood, Miracles of Life guides us from the deprivations of Lunghua Camp during World War II, which provide the back story for his best-selling Empire of the Sun, to his arrival in war-torn England and his emergence as “the ideal chronicler of our disturbed modernity” (Observer). With prose of characteristic precision, Ballard movingly recalls his first attempts at science fiction, the 1970 American pulping of The Atrocity Exhibition—which sprang from his fascination with JFK conspiracy theories—and his life as a single father after the premature death of his wife. “This book should make yet more converts to a cause that Ballard’s devotees have been pleading for years” (Independent).
 

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Contents

Japanese Invasion 1937
23
War in Europe 1939
34
My Parents
42
The Attack on Pearl Harbor 1941
48
Lunghua Camp 1943
57
Chess Boredom and a Certain
70
American Air Raids 1944
80
The Railway Station 1945
90
Screaming Popes 1951
137
Vital Discoveries 1953
144
Miracles ofLife 1955
154
This is Tomorrow 1956
169
Wise Women 1964
179
The Atrocity Exhibition 1966
186
Healing Times 1967
201
New Sculpture 1969
211

Wars End 1945
99
Part ii
107
Take it on the Chin 1946
109
Cambridge Blues 1949
126
Lunches and Films 1987
221
Return to Shanghai 1991
237
Homeward Bound 2007
249
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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films.

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