Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese–occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.
Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 06 / 2008
- 197 x 130mm