The definitive cult, post-modern novel – a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism.
When Ballard, our narrator, smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, his sense of sexual possibilities in the world around him becomes detached. As he begins an affair with the dead man's wife, he finds himself drawn with increasing intensity to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Then he encounters Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, who has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments with a series of auto-erotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. But Vaughan craves the ultimate crash – a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant and iconic celebrity.
First published in 1973 Crash remains one of the most shocking novels of the second half of the twentieth century and was made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg.
This is a Rare 1st Printing of the 1st UK Hardback edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1973. The toughest of the author’s books to find in collectible condition.
A better than Very Good book with clean white pages and a little spotting to top page edge.
Original publishers blue boards bright and clean with sharp corners and a little bumping to the head and foot.
No inscriptions, rips or creases.
In a similar unclipped bright and clean wrapper with the original price of £2.25 to front flap.
A hint of fading to the spine, with a little laminate lift along the joint.
Light wear to edges, with one or two tiny nicks and marks.
A lovely bright copy at a superb price.
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