9780312420345

Concrete Island A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312420345

  • ISBN10:

    031242034X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-05
  • Publisher: Picador

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Summary

On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitlanda wickedly modern Robinson Crusoerealizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.

Author Biography

J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Through the crash barrier
7(8)
The embankment
15(8)
Injury and exhaustion
23(6)
The water reservoir
29(8)
The perimeter fence
37(6)
The rain-storm
43(8)
The burning car
51(6)
The messages
57(10)
Fever
67(6)
The air-raid shelter
73(6)
Rescue
79(12)
The acrobat
91(14)
The fire signal
105(8)
A taste of poison
113(8)
The bribe
121(6)
The food source
127(6)
The duel
133(4)
Five pounds
137(6)
Beast and rider
143(8)
The naming of the island
151(4)
Delirium
155(6)
The pavilion of doors
161(8)
The trapeze
169(4)
Escape
173

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