I’ve read many novels over the years, including more than a few that have been banned and burned by outraged citizens, but The Atrocity Exhibition was the. The Atrocity Exhibition [J. G. Ballard, William Gaminara] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A prophetic and experimental masterpiece by. WITH AUTHOR’S ANNOTATIONS. The. Atrocity. Exhibition For nearly 35 years J.G. Ballard has been sys- As Ballard observes, “I think we’re all perhaps.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and jf again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Atrocity Exhibition by J. The Atrocity Exhibition by J. Easily one of the 20th century’s most visionary writers, J. Ballard lived far ahead exbibition his time. Called his “prophetic masterpiece” by many, The Atrocity Exhibition practically lies outside of any literary tradition.

Part science fiction, part eerie historical fiction, part pornography, its characters adhere to no rules of linearity or stability. This reissued edition f Easily one of the 20th century’s most visionary writers, J. This reissued edition features an introduction by William S. Burroughs, extensive text commentary blalard Ballard, and four additional stories. Of specific interest are the illustrations by underground cartoonist and professional medical illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner.

Her ultrarealistic images of eroticism and destruction add an important dimension to Ballard’s text. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Atrocity Exhibitionplease sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Impossible to rate or even classify this weird and disturbing book from the late ’60s it’s not a novel, it’s not a collection of mini-novels, it’s not even a psychological treatise, though it has aspects of all three.

Parts of it will be thought obscene by many.

It reflects Ballard’s interests in psychoanalysis and surrealism: All of this mak Impossible to rate or even classify this weird and disturbing book from the late ’60s it’s not a novel, it’s not a collection of mini-novels, it’s not even exyibition psychological treatise, though it has aspects of all three. All of this makes more sense after reading his far more accessible autobiography, “Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton” http: It ballatd a non-linear narrative, divided into “chapters”, of which each paragraph is a self-contained nugget, with its own title.

The Atrocity Exhibition

In an introduction written more than 30 years after first publication, Ballard suggests readers scan a chapter for headings that catch their eye, and if they find them interesting, to move on to nearby ones, so maybe one approach is to list a exhibitionn of paragraph titles, out of sequence? There’s little point trying to describe the “story” or characters, but it does involve one who monitors how subjects react to scenes of car crashes as a proxy for well, in addition to his own life and experiences: Many other characters explore predilections on the boundaries.

There are many mentions of celebrities and events that were significant at the time Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, assassination of JFK, the space racesurrealist and pop-art artists atrocify DaliFreud, and overall it shows that although Ballard decided not to pursue a career as a psychiatrist, he was still very interested in the field. Some elements are weirdly prescient, whether in a societal sense the “banalization of celebrity The real exhibition provoked strong, violent and sometimes strange reactions in ways that the same vehicles on the street outside would not.


Most bizarrely, a model hired to interview visitors whilst she was naked, said, after seeing the exhibits, that she would only do it topless. Much of this is challenging and controversial.

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For example, saying in the notes that “Pornography is a powerful catalyst for social change, and its periods of greatest availability have frequently coincided with times of greatest economic and scientific advance”, but fearing a new puritanism in the s. Personally, I think it’s more complicated: In the end, Ballard sometimes it goes too far for me and I actually stopped reading just over half way through.

Sexual tastes that I don’t share are one thing, but rape is referred to several times, often with an apologist slant, “Her strong stride View all 7 comments. The Atrocity Exhibition is something like a shock therapy — it is painstakingly unpleasant but it makes one react. His vi The Atrocity Exhibition is something like a shock therapy — it is painstakingly unpleasant but it makes one react.

His visions are fatalistic and gloomily surreal and they are modeled on the paintings by Max Ernst and other surrealists and on Locus Solusthe surrealistic novel by Raymond Roussel. Every year at the Oscars ceremony, some might say. View all 3 comments.

Aug 16, Rhys rated it really liked it.

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I have mixed feelings about this book, as I do about all of Ballard’s fictions. Ballard is brilliant, no doubt about that: Some of his short stories exgibition among the finest ever written. As for his novels, they can be astoundingly original but also too obsessive. This book certainly improves near the end. The last quarter is the best: Or rather he makes some truly excellent and pertinent points but often overstates them.

I just don’t accept the ‘death of affect’ for instance, nor that science has become the ultimate pornography, nor that pornography is necessarily a powerful catalyst for social change, etc.

And Ballard’s obsessions can become too xtrocity in a way that isn’t good. Ballard claims to be an early warning system for the breakdown of ‘normality’ but he often acts more like its salesman. Nov 01, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: This is why it’s very easy to reconfigure the text as poetry. The lost gills of the dying film actress The pilot watches him from the roof of a lion house The familiar geometry of the transfigured pudenda On the atroxity to a terminal zone A fading harmonic fractured smile spread across the windscreen The exyibition amongst exhibittion beer bottles And you, coma: Marilyn Monroe O technique of decalcomania, O subvocal rosary, The persistence of the beach, the assumption of the sand-dune Arabesques, planes of yantra “Do you lip-read?

In the night air, concrete towers, blockhouses, half buried in rubble of disasters, giant conduits, filled with tyres Helicopters like air spiders View all 10 comments.

The 60s atrocigy to Ballard: This is not a novel: The text is a series of short paragraphs with apparently? This literary anomaly is far from being a wanton, meaningless collection of vignettes though. The man’s several identities set off in search of some possible meaning, a journey through the chaotic orgy of madness and violence taking place all around him usat any given moment.

We vaguely know he is a doctor, possibly a psychiatrist or a neurologist; then his psyche, haunted by the daily ‘atrocity exhibition’ of our era and struggling to make sense of it all, degenerates into a shapeshifting conundrum of identities: Marilyn Monroe disfigured by radioactivity bruisesAlbert Camus, Harvey Lee Oswald, Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Kennedy are all actors in the same atrocity newsreel – they are all atrocious exhibits in the frightening museum of our age.


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Ballard’s world is a geography of rusty crashed cars, half-burned helicopters, beaches lost in space and time like a no-man’s land of hominous silence and stillness. The icons of Surrealism provides the writer with a huge amount of visual inspiration: A very graphic but also extremely cryptic work, to say the least.

Because “The Ballarf Exhibition” is an enigma to be deciphered. A medieval mystery of the atomic era. Atorcity being one of his first books, this unclassifiable anti-novel is nonetheless the fulfilment of Ballard’s ng themes. I therefore recommend those readers who are still unaquainted with Ballard to start with this absolute masterpiece, without being afraid of its reputation.

It is neither incomprehensible nor meaningless: Believe me, you’ll feel at home. View all 4 comments. Jan 28, Meredith added it. Reading balard was like being trapped in a doctor’s waiting room and repeatedly bashed in the back of the head with a cast iron frying pan.

Not plot driven, not character driven, just a series of graphic montages that just get weirder as the book goes on. At no time during this read could I have explained what was ballqrd on, and I was bored silly throughout, with a lot of WTF-did-I-just-read moments.

I think the author might have been intended the book to be funny. Perhaps you are not supposed to t Reading this was like being trapped in a doctor’s waiting room and repeatedly bashed in the back of the head with a cast iron frying pan. Perhaps you are not supposed to think about plot, but just let the nasty imagery float across your brain.

Given that the author was a survivor of the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, and was writing this book at the end of the sixties after its decade of tragic celebrity deaths, atrocitj assassinations, collapsing Apollo program, unsavoury sexual revolution and the Vietnam War on the TV every day Dec 28, Matt rated it really liked it. Revisited this right before Christmas Check out this back cover blurb: What Nelson Doubleday allegedly saw that atrocitg him figuratively soil himself in righteous indignation was one of the stories near the end of this book entitled ‘Why I Want To Fuck Ronald Reagan.

This is easily gj of Ballard’s most experimental works. Arguments can be made as to whether this is a collection of loosely connected short stories or an actual novel. A sloppy summary of this book would be that the main character, Traven, is sliding towards a mental breakdown and is on a quest in the interim to recreate the deaths of iconic media celebrities such as JFK in a way that “makes sense. Traven is fairly typical exhiibition most of Ballard’s characters in that he is basically an empty jacket walking around.

I’m not sure if this is a deficiency on Ballard’s artocity as a writer or if this was his way of allowing the reader to more easily step into the role of the main character.