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Concrete Island: A Novel

Concrete Island: A Novel

Concrete Island: A Novel

Concrete Island: A Novel


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Concrete Island pays twisted homage to Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Newly reissued with an introduction from Neil Gaiman.

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 Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781250171528
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 249,759
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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. He died in 2009.

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