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About the Author: J.G. Ballard

James Graham "J. G." Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) novels such as The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), and The Crystal World (1966). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories (or "condensed novels") such as The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S. Burroughs. In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism; the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes. The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.

While many of Ballard's stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun (1984), a semi-autobiographical account of a young boy's experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army. Described as "The best British novel about the Second World War" by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.

The literary distinctiveness of Ballard's work has given rise to the adjective "Ballardian", defined by the Collins English Dictionary as "resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard's novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments." The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard's work as being occupied with "eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies".


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ISBN10: 8496756521 | ISBN13: 9788496756526

Page count: 224

Las historias contenidas en Fiebre de guerra van desde la sátira hilarante a la parábola aterradora, de la ciencia ficción más osada a la fantasía lírica.

Beirut asolado por la guerra es el escenario del relato que da nombre al volumen. En «La historia secreta de la Tercera Guerra Mundial», Ronald Reagan, ya anciano, vuelve a ser nombrado presidente e, inmediatamente, su estado de salud, monitorizado a través de los medios hasta el más mínimo detalle, se convierte en el único indicador aceptado del estado de la Unión. Otras historias nos muestran la trama para asesinar a un astronauta americano –líder de un autoritario movimiento religioso–, a un hombre devastado por un accidente de coche que decide no volver a salir de su apartamento o al superviviente de un vertido tóxico que naufraga en una isla del Caribe.

Durante todo el libro, Ballard se muestra como un destacado experto difuminando la distinción entre las realidades del presente y sus distorsionados escenarios de un futuro muy cercano.

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