J.G. Ballard’s Pre-posthumous Memoir

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After eighteen novels and even more short story collections, J. G. Ballard directly approaches autobiography in his latest book Miracles of Life. (Read the London Guardian review here.) Though known for his dystopian science fiction, Ballard analyzes his own life with some surprisingly similar tools, principally Freud. LAWeekly labeled the book a “pre-posthumous memoir” because Ballard tells us, at the end, that he has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Read an excerpt and an interview here.


M. Rebekah Otto lives in Berkeley, CA. She grew up in Chicago. Her current interests include her new nine-to-five, vintage wallpaper, and Evan S. Connell. Also, she's the Books Editor of the Rumpus. More from this author →