Hammersmith, London: Flamingo, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 391 pp. Octavo. [21.5 cm]. Black cloth over boards with silver stamped title on spine. Corners and head/tail of spine are bumped. Page block is just beginning to separate from binding. Original dust jacket is in very good condition. It is heavily creased at top fore edge and has a [1 cm] closed tear at head of spine on front cover. "Signed copy" sticker from prior seller on front cover of dust jacket. Very good +. Item #63599
Signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. Ballard is most known for his controversial 1967 novel Crash, which was adapted into a David Cronenberg film in 1996. Super-Cannes is often paired with Cocaine Nights, which Ballard published four years earlier. Both novels are characteristic of Ballard's shift from science fiction to the mystery and crime genre.
Super-Cannes follows young pediatrician Jane as she navigates an elite utopia in France. Under the facade of perfection lies a seedy, violent, and hedonistic undercurrent. The book earned Ballard the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.