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THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION by J.G. Ballard

Updated on April 1, 2014

This book has been both banned and acclaimed

In 1967 Nelson Doubleday supposedly ordered the entire first print run of J.G. Ballard's novel ATROCITY EXHIBITION destroyed after reading the short story "Why I Want To F*^& Ronald Regan."

The book was then released two years later by another publisher under the title "Love and Nalpalm: Export USA."

In 1990, this book was re-published in an expanded volume with the original title by Re/Search Publications, in San Francisco, CA. 

THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION

This Re/Search publication really is a great edition. In addition to reproducing Ballard's seminal work, the volume is also illustrated with surreal and fascinating drawings by medical illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner, and black-and-white photographs by Ana Barrado. Both women have produced spot-on "Ballardian" images to go with the text.

And speaking of the text, along with Ballard's work the publishers have included notes and comments from the author alongside the text, material that has never been published elsewhere. They've also included four short stories whose flow and structure make them good companions to the novel.

A gorgeous and insightful addition to any Ballard collection.

Concerning the Atrocity Exhibition

There are many discussions about this book, ranging from debates about obscenity to musings on meta-fiction.

Ballard Rarities

Many of Ballard's books go in and out of print, and much of his early work in not easily available in stores.

The Exhibition Adapted

Explorations and adaptations inspired by the book but realized in other mediums.

Recommended Books by J.G. Ballard - other titles to read if you are unfamiliar with this author

How do you feel about THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION? - Love It or Hate It?

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