First printing of Ballard's important World War II novel, a partly autobiographical story of an eleven-year-old boy living in a Japanese internment camp near Shanghai, with interesting provenance.
Near fine in a near-fine jacket.
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
"Like everything else in the war, the sky was in a state of change. For all their movement, the Japanese aircraft were its only fixed points, a second zodiac above the broken land."
Separated from his parents, Jim has to survive on his own for three years in the midst of war. The book was made into a critically-acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg, with the screenplay by Tom Stoppard, in 1987. The gift inscription, dated the year of publication, includes the note: "who remembers Jaime [JG Ballard] in Shanghai." One of the great novels of the Pacific front in World War II.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1984. 9'' x 5.75''. Original black paper boards, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (£8.95) pictorial dust jacket in red, grey, and black designed by Pat Doyle. , 278 pages. Ink gift inscription on front free endpaper to a man who knew Ballard as a child in Shanghai. Typical toning to edges of text block, slight lean, light foxing to endpapers and interior of dust jacket.
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