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Empire of the Sun (Paperback)

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In his straightforward prose, Ballard writes a semiautobiographical novel of his childhood in a Japanese concentration camp. It's a side of WWII that we do not hear of very often. It gives you a glimpse of why  he is well qualified to write his dystopian novels. [Blanca]

— From Empire of the Sun


The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg’s film, tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive World War II in China.

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Shanghai, 1941—a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

Ballard’s enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

About the Author

J.G. Ballard (1930–2009) was the author of numerous books, including Concrete IslandThe Kindness of Women, and Crash. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. 

Praise For…

"An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story."
-- The New York Times

"A profound and moving work of the imagination."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An incredible literary achievement....Brilliant."
-- Anthony Burgess
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743265232
ISBN-10: 0743265238
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 7th, 2005
Pages: 288
Language: English