“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen”.

J.G. Ballard

November 15, 1930: British writer J.G. Ballard was born 83 years ago today in the foreign controlled sector of Shanghai. He lived there throughout the Second Sino-Japanese War and into World War II—his popular novel, Empire of the Sun, was based on his childhood years.


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