Though more staid (i.e. European) and fantastical (i.e. science fictional), J.G. Ballard’s collection Vermilion Sands nevertheless takes a. It’s a thematic collection, with all stories centred around Ballard’s futuristic Vermilion Sands resort, which, according to my Panther edition. Vermilion Sands: J.G. Ballard: Sands; these were collected in Vermilion Sands (). His short-story collection War Fever () contains humorously.

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Overall, Vermilion Sands contains J. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 14, Matt rated it liked it. Get lost among the sonic sculptures and sand-rays.

As tech vermillioh and enables us to do art things more easily and extravagantly, what happens? It is also the most unique depiction of fantastical future art forms I have ever encountered, and combined with the decadent and desolate desert backdrop of this strange community with its sand yachts and living houses, it promises to be an unforgettable reading experience.

Living clothes that sheathe and caress the wearer. This premise allows, for example, the telling of a really good story about Aug 09, Estott rated it it was amazing. A Times Literary Supplement review aptly describes the collection’s surrealist mood: I like to think, too, that it celebrates the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre. Ballard offers possibilities I hadn’t thought of, or seen before, and they are fascinating.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Ballard’s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments. Ballard, which contains 98 stories 1, pages from throughout his career.


May 02, Matt Vickers rated it really liked it Shelves: Such incidents are commonplace, even trifling, in the desert resort called Vermilion Sands. Hope, however, was unaware of these snide asides.

Vermilion Sands

They all play out in a bizarre setting that drew me in, and Ballard’s sansd raked me over the quartz outcrops and sand until the whole strange landscape was almost visible. Jesse July 17, at 9: Want to Read saving…. May 17, Jamie rated it liked it. I wish I lived in Vermilion Sands.

The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by Canadian director David Cronenberg.

Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard

While many of Ballard’s stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Suna semi-autobiographical account of a young boy’s experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Ballard is … one of the most accomplished creators of evocative landscapes in modern fiction … he achieves this effect partly by painting his desert in the manner of Dali, a mixture of appalling clarity and the exotic. This could be taken figuratively to mean that the subject matter of the field should be psychological.

But I do agree that Vermilion Sands is a deeper work than, say, The Drowned World or The Drought, both of which are the equivalent of one of the short story ideas unpacked at novel length. Latent urges manifest themselves in the physical world. All the stories here showcase artists of different mediums, faded film stars now dwelling in obscurity, and wealthy eccentrics, all of whom retreat from the larger world into the faded desert community of Vermilion Sands in the America Southwest.


They all portray the decaying life of artists and rich people living in the area of Vermillion Sands. As fitting as it may be, the hollow and volatile excitements of life in a desert resort lack depth.

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Repetition defines this collection. I accept the collective unconscious – I don’t think it’s a mystic entity.

In the end, it felt like the same story was being retold time after time, the main difference being in the focus on the scientific or technological marvel that bound everything together.

If we are to see the concept of future that movies and literature tend to offer, this is one that would truly inspire me. It contained the following stories: Jun 14, Max Mindock rated it really liked it.

A collection of short stories replete with the usual mid-career ballardian tropes of strained dialogue and psychologically somewhat stunted characters, worlds whose different nature from ours — although, are they? Dec 22, 1. Mostly you’d hang out on a balcony and drink beer, you’d probably be suffering from ssands lethargy before being briefly disturbed by the troubled but darkly irresistable woman who just moved in next door.

I’m not sure why.