(#169561) THE DAY OF CREATION. Ballard.

THE DAY OF CREATION. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1987. Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed and dated 19 September 1987 on the title page. A metaphysical adventure story, set in an imaginary region of Africa, "about a man who apparently summons up a great river, becomes obsessed with what he believes to be his creation, and decides to follow it back to its source ... [and] ... for the duration of the novel we are trapped within Mallory's fever-ridden skull as he fights his way upstream ..." (Pringle). "With unabashed echoes of all the great 'river novels,' from Huckleberry Finn to Heart of Darkness to The African Queen, Ballard ... offers here a poetic, stately, oddly half-involving tale—part escape/chase adventure, part symbolic soul-journey ... The novel's mixture of tones—satiric, symbolic, derring-do-ish—doesn't quite ignite. Still, if rather murky in overall thrust, chapter by chapter this is rich, strange work from a distinctive storyteller: elegantly phrased, vividly imagined, and rescued from portentousness by a deeply ironic tilt" (Kirkus Reviews). Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 99. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#169561).

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