Empire of the Sun


Empire of the Sun (1984) is a non-sf, semi-autobiographical novel by J.G.Ballard based on his experiences in Shanghai and the Lunghua internment camp during World War II. The origin of many of his recurrent visual motifs (abandoned runways, empty swimming pools, etc) can be found in this novel.

A fairly faithful movie adaptation, also called Empire of the Sun (1987), was directed by Steven Spielberg.

  • Ballard, J.G (1984) Empire of the Sun

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