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Crash by J. G. Ballard

Crash (1973)

by J. G. Ballard

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In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an internationally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor. A classic work of cutting-edge fiction, "Crash" explores both the disturbing implications and horrific possibilities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations.… (more)

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Sex selling cars taken one step forward in the modern world as sex, death, and cars combine... ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
by J.G. Ballard
PGW/Rare Bird Book
3.0 / 5.0

Auto-Erotica. Literally. A literary classic, but disappointing, for me.
This is about a group of car-crash victims who get sexual pleasure from staging and then being in car-crashes. A story of the interaction of man with machine, a man so obsessed with pleasure he doesnt see it is destroying him....
This is a brilliant story. It is overtly dark and perverse, which usually intrigues me, but I just didn't like any of the characters. ( )
  over.the.edge | Jan 30, 2020 |
J.G. Ballard's Crash gives new meaning to the word 'autoerotic'. It's one hell of a ride. ( )
3 vote absurdeist | May 5, 2018 |
I keep this in my glove compartment. ( )
1 vote Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Bleak and challenging to read. The mixture of violence of the collision of technology and sex was very confronting for me. ( )
  brakketh | Jun 9, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. G. Ballardprimary authorall editionscalculated
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsh, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash.
The marriage of reason and nightmare that has dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. (Introduction)
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