The Drowned World

A Novel

J. G. Ballard (Author)

With an Introduction by Martin Amis

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A thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis), considered by many to be Ballard’s finest.

In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed—both physically and psychologically—by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-87140-362-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverThe Drowned World: A Novel

    50th Anniversary Edition / Hardcover

Endorsements & Reviews

“This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad.” — Kingsley Amis

“A bold, hypnotic novel, by an author with a genius for the perverse.” — Guardian

“Rich and strange…Ballard's potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader's mind.” — Brian Aldiss

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