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Empire of the Sun ([New edition])

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The classic, heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches.

It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered, but judged.

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Product Details
Fourth Estate Ltd
0008329753 / 9780008329754
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
xi, 316 pages : map (black and white)
20 cm
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Reprint. This edition originally published: 2014.