London: Flamingo / Harper Collins, 1996. Very good copy of this first edition. Silver and black dust wrapper. Black boards. 330 pages. Ballard was born in 1930, and grew up in Shanghai. He spent several years in a Japanese internment camp. (Which informed his most famous work, "Empire of the Sun"). Ballard is know for his dystopian novels, and later wrote: "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience." This is clear in this work, where a secret world hides behind the ex-pat luxury of Spain.
Condition: Clean and bright dust wrapper. A touch of handling only. Clean boards. Fractional lean to the book. Pages are clean but slightly darkened.