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Concrete Island
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Concrete Island

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Author: J. G. Ballard
Publisher: Vintage, 1985
Jonathan Cape, 1974
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction / Horror
Sub-Genre Tags: Psychological
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On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.


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