Crash: A Novel

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Picador, Dec 5, 2017 - Fiction - 224 pages

The Definitive Cult, Postmodern Novel—a Shocking Blend of Violence, Transgression, and Eroticism

Reissued with a New Introduction from Zadie Smith

When J. G. 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 autoerotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. But Vaughan craves the ultimate crash—a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant, and iconic celebrity.

First published in 1973, Crash remains one of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century and was made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
18
Section 4
30
Section 5
38
Section 6
48
Section 7
55
Section 8
65
Section 14
118
Section 15
125
Section 16
132
Section 17
137
Section 18
150
Section 19
159
Section 20
166
Section 21
176

Section 9
73
Section 10
80
Section 11
93
Section 12
102
Section 13
106
Section 22
186
Section 23
190
Section 24
201
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About the author (2017)

J. G. BALLARD was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel Crash was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography Miracles of Life was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, Extreme Metaphors, was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.

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