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Super-Cannes

Super-Cannes
Title: Super-Cannes
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Annotation:Super-Cannes a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback was the winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Eurasian region.

'Sublime: an elegant, elaborate trap of a novel, which reads as a companion piece to Cocaine Nights but takes ideas from that novel and runs further. The first essential novel of the 21st century.'

Nicholas Royle, Independent

'Possibly his greatest book. Super-Cannes is both a novel of ideas and a compelling thriller that will keep you turning the pages to the shocking denouement. Only Ballard could have produced it.'

Simon Hinde, Sunday Express

'In this tautly paced thriller he brilliantly details how man's darker side derails a vast experiment in living, and shows the dangers of a near-future in which going mad is the only way of staying sane.'

Charlotte Mosley, Daily Mail

'Vintage Ballard, a gripping blend of stylised thriller and fantastic imaginings.'

Alex Clark, Guardian

'Ballard at his best. Truly superb: the best book he has written. The story achieves the optimum balance of perfectly wrought lucid thriller-writing with formidable and pervasive intelligence.'

Edward Docx, Daily Express

'Like watching a slow-motion action replay of a spectacular collision, you can't take your eyes away from Super-Cannes.'

Mike Pattenden, The Times

'Super-Cannes is one of those novels whose last 100 pages you turn over faster and faster, wanting hundreds more: One peels this novel like an onion. Halfway through, I thought I could see the denouement. Three-quarters of the way through, something quite different seemed to be looming up. I have to say that the ending eluded and amazed me. As Ballard always amazes.'

John Sutherland, Sunday Times

'Ballard's extraordinary new novel reads like a survival manual for the new century: There is a peculiar Englishness that manifests itself in exploration of the exotic, and J. G. Ballard is the most exotic author of all. Super-Cannes is a gleaming, tooled-up taste of tomorrow, beguiling, subversive and so appropriate to the mood of the new century that it feels like a survival handbook; it might just save your life.'

Christopher Fowler, Independent on Sunday

'A magical hybrid that belongs to no known genre, a masterpiece of the surrealist imagination, Super-Cannes is another triumph by Britain 's most uncompromisingly contemporary novelist.'

John Gray, New Statesman

'J. G. Ballard is the Dr Moreau of British fiction, creator of controlled environments and out-of-control dystopias: More than any other writer Ballard understands the transformation technology may effect on human desire. This is his most potent statement yet of the outcome of that transformation, an elegant nightmare with all the internal coherence of an Escher engraving or a Calvino fable: Ballard unravels the secrets of his post-industrial Elysium with panache, leading us into a society which is both an exaggerated parable for our times and a chill piece of futurology: compelling.'

Tim Adams, Observer

'With this sharply focused novel, Ballard takes a long sniper's look at the mirror-walled corporate dream, and then shatters it.'

Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph

'Ballard remains that very rare thing, an original. He is undoubtedly the most exciting of contemporary novelists.

His genius lies in the mood he creates and his often dazzlingly surreal images. Super-Cannes possesses a relentless energy and an atmosphere of calculated corruption: the chilling narrative succeeds as an apocalyptic comment on modern society's inhuman dance of death.'

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'Tainted idylls have always been J. G. Ballard's fictional speciality. With Super-Cannes, he dreams up one of his most memorable. Electrifyingly vivid prose and a storyline alive with shocks power a novel that casts lurid light on an exclusive Riviera enclave of the technological lite.'

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

'For those who know his work, the familiar pleasures are all present
Table of Contents:

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  1. J.G. Ballard Super-Cannes
  2. Foreword
  3. PART I
  4. Chapter 1 Visitors to the DreamPalace
  5. 2 Dr Wilder Penrose
  6. 3 The Brainstorm
  7. 4 A Flying Accident
  8. 5 The English Girl
  9. 6 A Russian Intruder
  10. 7 Incident in a Car Park
  11. 9 Glass Floors and White Walls
  12. 10 The Hit List
  13. 11 Thoughts of Saint-Exup
  14. 12 A Fast Drive to Nice Airport
  15. 13 A Decision to Stay
  16. 14 Riviera News
  17. 15 A Residential Prison
  18. 16 Widows and Memories
  19. 17 Refuge at La Bocca
  20. 18 The Street of Darkest Night
  21. 19 Elopement
  22. 20 The Grand Tour
  23. 21 The Roof Deck
  24. 22 The Confession
  25. 24 Blood Endures
  26. 25 The Cardin Foundation
  27. 26 Flying Again
  28. 27 Darkness Curves
  29. 28 Strains of Violence
  30. 29 The Therapy Programme
  31. 30 Nietzsche on the Beach
  32. PART II
  33. 31 The Film Festival
  34. 32 A Dead Mans Tuxedo
  35. 33 The Coast Road
  36. 34 Course Notes and a Tango
  37. 35 The Analysis
  38. 36 Confession
  39. 37 A Plan of Action
  40. PART III
  41. 38 The High Air
  42. 39 A New Folklore
  43. 40 The Bedroom Camera
  44. 41 The Streetwalker
  45. 42 Last Assignment
  46. About the Author


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