J. G. Ballard's memoir ponders the connection between his childhood internment and his sci-fi obsessions
Miracles of Life:
Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography
by J. G. Ballard
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Practically the opposite of a tell-all, J. G. Ballard’s memoir, Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, suggests that this is an author who said all he wanted to say in his fiction. First published in the UK in 2008, a year before his death from cancer at the age of seventy-eight, the genial and reflective Miracles of Life adds little to what faithful readers will have already gleaned about the workings of his mind and the contours of his life from various interviews, his provocative science fiction, and most of all from his two autobiographical novels, Empire of the Sun (1984) and The Kindness of Women (1991).
Drawn from his experiences in Shanghai before and after the outbreak of World War II, including the two years he spent as an adolescent at an internment camp, Empire, Ballard’s best-known (and most
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