A new generation discovers "the most original English writer of the last century." â€”China MiÃ©ville, The NationAppearing in hardcover in America for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises to be a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.
First published in 1962, J.G. Ballardâ€™s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained him widespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of the finest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront a cityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects fiercely compete for domination.Â Both an unmatched biological mystery and a brilliant retelling of Heart of Darknessâ€”complete with a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiersâ€”this â€œpowerful and beautifully clearâ€ (Brian Aldiss) work becomes a thrilling adventure with â€œan oppressive power reminiscent of Conradâ€ (Kingsley Amis).