Empire of the Sun



"Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins cast adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund."

J.G. Ballard the First Line of Empire of the Sun

"The flowers formed a wavering garland around the coffin as it began its long journey to the estuary of the Yangtze, only to be swept back by the incoming tide among the quays and mud-flats, driven once again to the shores of this terrible city."

J.G. Ballard the Last Line of in Empire of the Sun

Originally Published Sept. 13, 1984

Paperback edition:

351 pages - Jan. 1, 1985

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