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Højhuset J.G. Ballard


J.G. Ballard

Published 1983
200 pages
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 About the Book 

In High-Rise, Ballard once again attacks our uneasy truce with the artificial. Four futuristic high-rise apartment buildings have been built. Catering to the wealthy, these buildings are in fact enclosed worlds, featuring day-care, schooling, swimming pools and grocery stores. As the new tenants adjust to life aboard one of the high-rise complexes, violence escalates and members from adjacent floors break off into tribal factions that roam the corridors at night. It gets more frightening and visceral (if a bit predictable)- High-Rise is the 21st centurys Lord of the Flies, a sometimes profound statement on what we are doing with technology -- and what technology is doing to us. Additionally, it is a scathing commentary on leisure culture (a topic Ballard returns to in Cocaine Nights). If you havent yet read Ballard, High-Rise is a great starting point.