In J.G. Ballard's controversial, hallucinatory 1973 novel, the automobile provides a hellish vehicle in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more involved than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an intentionally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor.
"A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is among our finest writers of fiction."—Anthony Burgess