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The Atrocity Exhibition

The Atrocity Exhibition Easily one of the th century s most visionary writers J G Ballard still lives far ahead of his time Called his prophetic masterpiece by many The Atrocity Exhibition practically lies outside of any

  • Title: The Atrocity Exhibition
  • Author: J.G. Ballard Phoebe Gloeckner Ana Barrado V. Vale Andrea Juno William S. Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9781889307039
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Easily one of the 20th century s most visionary writers, J G Ballard still lives far ahead of 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 ediEasily one of the 20th century s most visionary writers, J G Ballard still lives far ahead of 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 features an introduction by William S Burroughs, extensive text commentary by 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.

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    The Atrocity Exhibition

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    1. J.G. Ballard Phoebe Gloeckner Ana Barrado V. Vale Andrea Juno William S. Burroughs says:
      James Graham J G Ballard 15 November 1930 19 April 2009 was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic or post apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World 1962 , The Burning World 1964 , and The Crystal World 1966 In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories or condensed novels such as The Atrocity Exhibition 1970 , which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S Burroughs In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.While many of Ballard s stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun 1984 , a semi autobiographical account of a young boy s experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army Described as The best British novel about the Second World War by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.The literary distinctiveness of Ballard s work has given rise to the adjective Ballardian , defined by the Collins English Dictionary as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J G Ballard s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard s work as being occupied with eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies.

    Comment 815 on “The Atrocity Exhibition

    1. Vit Babenco says:
      The Atrocity Exhibition is something like a shock therapy it is painstakingly unpleasant but it makes one react Now that sex is becoming and a conceptual act, an intellectualization divorced from affect and physiology alike, one has to bear in mind the positive merits of the sexual perversions The Atrocity Exhibition is a series of dreamscapes or, to be precise, madscapes born in the sick mind of the protagonist the psychiatrist with the split and fragmented identity His visions are fatalisti [...]

    2. Cecily says:
      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 It explores the links between death danger and sexuality his own wife had died suddenly a few years earlier Parts of it will be thought obscene by many It reflects Ballard s interests in psychoanalysis and surrealism the very structure of the book is surreal All of this makes sense [...]

    3. Rhys says:
      I have mixed feelings about this book, as I do about all of Ballard s fictions Ballard is brilliant, no doubt about that he possesses one of the clearest prose styles of any writer, a style not just clear but unexpectedly ecstatic in a glacial sort of way Some of his short stories are among the finest ever written His collection Vermilion Sands in particular is absolutely one of the highest points of the form As for his novels, they can be astoundingly original but also too obsessive The Atrocit [...]

    4. Paul Bryant says:
      The Atrocity Exhibition is a really a long poem, like The Waste Land or Four Quartets This is why it s very easy to reconfigure the text as poetry.The lost gills of the dying film actressThe pilot watches him from the roof of a lion houseThe familiar geometry of the transfigured pudendaOn the way to a terminal zoneA fading harmonic fractured smile spread across the windscreenThe wig amongst the beer bottlesAnd you, coma marilyn MonroeYou coma Marilyn MonroeO technique of decalcomania, O subvocal [...]

    5. Matt says:
      Revisited this right before ChristmasCheck out this back cover blurb When the ATROCITY EXHIBITION was originally printed 1970 , Nelson Doubleday saw a copy and was so horrified he ordered the entire press run shredded.What Nelson Doubleday allegedly saw that made 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 Legend has it that a wag distributed copies of this story minus title and headings at the [...]

    6. Nate D says:
      Not exactly a novel, Ballard may have written involving narratives than this 1970 present dystopia of modernity in meltdown, but it s unlikely that he has ever surpassed its severe and unsettling perfection of form and function, diamond hard, brilliant, and single mindedly focused While each unit could function as a story and they were originally published as such in the late 60s there s also a total cohesion here that makes it than a collection, into some kind of shambling and unique hybrid f [...]

    7. Meredith says:
      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 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 going 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 think [...]

    8. Michael William West says:
      It s enjoyable to see how much the Atrocity Exhibition confuses people, it s a mission accomplished, really, I can t think anything BUT that if you are somehow not confused, then you are missing the point entirely or are selfconsciously trying to understand anything and everything in the world in some vein attempt at pan sophism I don t know, perhaps it would help to have had a nervous breakdown to pick apart the flurry of fragments Or than one one to understand, two for context, a third to bec [...]

    9. Fede says:
      The 60s according to Ballard a world of mayhem and violence in all their possible shapes and manifestations, from deranged science to the pornographic use of catastrophes by papers and TV, in a surreal atmosphere of stillness and extreme acceleration at a time This is not a novel It s like a scrapbook made of weekly magazines and anatomy manuals pictures, mathematic equations and visual art cryptic references Its chapters are composed of short paragraphs with unrelated titles that can be read a [...]

    10. Murray Ewing says:
      As a reader of Ballard, I ve always preferred his early novels The Drowned World, The Crystal World and short stories those collected in The Disaster Area, The Four Dimensional Nightmare, and The Overload Man Read Ballard for any length of time and you know he returns to the same obsessive images and landscapes again and again, often to powerful effect Well, The Atrocity Exhibition is obsessive Ballard taken to the max It s the full Ballardian commedia dell arte, replaying all the variations wit [...]

    11. Lisa says:
      By and large, I think J.G Ballard is awesome, with everything of his I d read to date being a real treat Sadly, such things can never lastMostly flying at least 100 feet above my head at all times, this book mostly made me feel like a complete dumbass I understood the meaning of individual words, sentences, and even the occasional paragraph, but as a whole I know it s got something to do with sex and car crashes, but after that, I m out Actually, that s not quite true There s also something to d [...]

    12. Adam says:
      At first I thought this is going to be good But the authors self proclaimed free association method of writing quickly becomes tedious In the version I read, each chapter was followed up with explanations I found the explanations and their tangential ramblings to be much interesting than the story itself I could sum up the book in a few sentences 1 Car crashes are like sex and sex is like car crashes 2 Ralph Nader, JFK, Marylin Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor.

    13. Michael Battaglia says:
      For all those people who read Naked Lunch and thought, Gee, I d like to read of something like this but with a definite emphasis on the psychosexual aspects of architecture and how it mirrors the collapse of society then not only have you come to the right place, but there is really nowhere else to go Or for all those people who believe the world needs at least two books focusing on sexual arousal via the use of car accidents, you are going to be very glad this book exists But for those of us w [...]

    14. Misha says:
      Only a few pages in Flashes of brilliance He was a smart guy, this Ballard.This is proving a challenging and thought provoking read.A couple of sentences I love They hung on the enamelled walls like the codes of insoluble dreams, the keys to a nightmare in which she had begun to play a willing and calculated role For some reason the planes of his face failed to intersect, as if their true resolution took place in some as yet invisible dimension, or required elements other than those provided by [...]

    15. Jay Green says:
      This and Crash are two of my favourite books, precisely because of their weirdness, because they showed the teenage me that something surprising and original could be done with the novel form beyond the staid and traditional forms foisted upon us as A level English students My less fortunate peers in the soft South had to make do with Hermann Hesse Both Crash and the Atrocity Exhibition belong very much to their time, of course, but they do encapsulate a sort of postmodern masculine sociopathy a [...]

    16. Nikki says:
      I didn t expect to like or understand this book much The concept, the experimental nature, drew me to it, but I know it isn t the kind of thing I enjoy Find interesting, maybe, but not enjoy The Atrocity Exhibition is so bizarre to me, so lacking in coherent narrative, that it s doubly hard to read.This book, the central character such as he is, with his constantly fluctuating name identity , is just it s a very fine portrayal of someone who is completely disturbed I find myself wondering if my [...]

    17. Shawn says:
      A book like Pynchon s V or Burrough s cut up novels to experience, not read.Seriously, you will be immersing your head if not your heart into a strangely dis associative mindspace, made even disturbing and poignant by its now fixed place in the past If THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION was a a marker, a beacon point in time, where are we, mankind, in relation to it now Not for everyone, not for the squeamish, not for those looking for a narrative or story, not for the unadventurous, not for the wholesome [...]

    18. Jeff Jackson says:
      One of the most visionary books I ve read, a startling series of linked stories cataloging mental breakdowns, reenactments of tragic events, sexual obsessions with architectural patterns, the beneficial affects of war atrocity footage, and celebrity sex death fantasies Sample chapter titles Plan for the Assassination of Jaqueline Kennedy and Why I Want to F Ronald Reagan Horrifying, but also tinged with an odd clinical beauty.

    19. Isabel (kittiwake) says:
      An experimental novel about sex, death, media manipulation, car crashes and celebrity, written at the fag end of the 1960s and foreshadowing various themes found in his later works The narrative is very repetitive, with chapters telling versions of or less the same story, and I found it by turns tedious and repellent Rather too experimental for my tastes it has taken me forever to read it, and it s only 184 pages long.

    20. Joseph says:
      I can t decide between three or four stars Completely random paragraphsxuality or cars and importantly car crashes JFK, Marilyn, Madme Chiang, and somehow ending plastic surgery No, none of that is a spoiler There is no plot, climax, or conclusionjust a tangled journey you get lost in.

    21. MJ Nicholls says:
      Ballard s iconic experimental novel presupposing the death of affect and lending itself to the horrible drum loop that opens Joy Division s Closer Includes such fun words as mimetized and buccal and polyperverse It s mad Very mad And also brilliant.

    22. Tosh says:
      First I have to make clear that this is not the ReSearch annotated edition, but a mass market book from a British publisher Thiad Panther, and issued in 1970 Nevertheless this is a very stimulating book J.G Ballard is probably one of the great visionary writers regarding culture as it is now I want to say he predict what will happen, but I think it was happening when he wrote his series of classic novels, but most of us were not aware of that Ballard world that was and is clearly out there and h [...]

    23. Stephen says:
      Whenever I think of Ballard s work, I sort of want him to be remembered as the underrated Palahniuk of a generation ago Unfortunately that s not accurate Palahniuk is a novelist who continually gives us stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end the way he is supposed to Ballard, on the other hand, is a flasher He occasionally whips open his mental raincoat and shows us what he s got What he shows you is shocking and disturbing, but as a reader you walk away feeling sorry for him in some wei [...]

    24. Kevin Tole says:
      Written before Crash but fundamental in sorting out the ideas that would go into Crash.This is classic Ballard Ballardian fiction Even now it feels new and refreshing so much further beyond the so called success stories of British Modern literature I m talking the generation after Ballard yer Amis , yer McEwan s and yer Barnes yer nouvelle novel vague vogue fugue In comparison, those luvvies seem a continuation of the same dreary middle class Lahndahnocentric pish that we have come to lurve and [...]

    25. Fabio Puzzacacca says:
      Libro letto molto, molto a fatica e, devo dire, con una perenne ed onnipresente perplessit di fondo.Insomma, la retorica di Ballard una retorica particolare, che ha qualcosa del beat ma mooolto pi all avanguardia La narrazione intera sembra svilupparsi attraverso un enorme ed immenso costrutto d impressioni e connessioni inconscie, quasi insensate, come a volerci semplicemente comunicare COSA nella societ perverso e sporco, senza l interferenza dell azione e ricostruendo processi di natura profo [...]

    26. Burninghouse says:
      Dated.Best read as suggested by the author himself incompletely and at random.

    27. Lee Foust says:
      The Atrocity Exhibition is a brilliantly conceived piece of fiction In fact it s the only novel I know that comes close to the perspicacity regarding the political state of the world of Orwell s 1984 And I mean political in the very largest sense of the word not the partisan tribal party nonsense but the way we receive information, act upon it, what it means, and how we live both mentally and physically in the modern post industrial nation state.As I read I was reminded of Steven Moore s content [...]

    28. John Madera says:
      J.G Ballard s The Atrocity Exhibition is a visceral phantasmagoria dismantling and remaking celebrities and politicians and various other strange, estranged, and or deranged figures, where bodies merge with machines and machines come alive Often seemingly free associative while actually incredibly controlled surgically precise, the disorienting narratives, which discard conventional plots and so called character development, are often upsetting or outright revolting And it s all delivered with a [...]

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    30. Laura says:
      Undeniably disturbing but hauntingly memorable, The Atrocity Exhibition is difficult to rate, review or even describe Utterly unconventional in every way, it is a diverse collection of largely unconnected snippets some are narrative based while others are fictitious scientific reports Together they form a monstrous, disjointed portrait of violence, eroticism and celebrity It s a satirical exploration of what types of grotesque, violent injuries are the most sexually arousing Although, such a des [...]

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