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Crash
London: Jonathan Cape, 1973. London: Jonathan Cape. PUBLISHING DETAILS: First edition of Ballard's cult novel, published by Jonathan Cape of London in 1973. 224 pages. Size; 20 x 13 cms (8" x 5"). Weight; 340g (12 ounces). CONDITION: I would rate the book and dustjacket as very good. The book is a library rebind in green simulated leather, with clean, sound covers (see photo). The binding remains tight and secure throughout. The text is mostly clean and bright but there are marks to a few pages. There are library stamps to the copyright and last pages but no labels. There is a new front endpaper. The original dustjacket is entire and clean but with tape residue marks to the inside and on the turn-in flaps and just slightly faded to the spine. It is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. All in all, a tidy copy of this rare and much sought after first edition that looks very well in its original dustjacket, greatly reduced to allow for the rebinding. THE NOVEL: Crash is a story about symphorophilia or car-crash sexual fetishism: its protagonists become sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car-crashes. The story is told through the eyes of narrator James Ballard, named after the author himself, but it centers on the sinister figure of Dr. Robert Vaughan, a "former TV-scientist, turned nightmare angel of the expressways". Ballard meets Vaughan after being involved in a car accident himself near London Airport. Gathering around Vaughan is a group of alienated people, all of them former crash-victims, who follow him in his pursuit to re-enact the crashes of celebrities, and experience what the narrator calls "a new sexuality, born from a perverse technology". Vaughan's ultimate fantasy is to die in a head-on collision with movie star Elizabeth Taylor. It was a highly controversial novel: famously one publisher's reader returned the verdict "This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do Not Publish!" The novel was made into a movie of the same name in 1996 by David Cronenberg. An earlier, apparently unauthorized adaptation called Nightmare Angel was filmed in 1986 by Susan Emerling and Zoe Beloff. (Source: Wikipedia) . Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1973. 20x13 Cms (8" x 5").
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