J. G. Ballard: Rushing to Paradise

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  • Anja Mueller-Wood (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz )

Rushing to Paradise (1994) is in many ways a typical Ballard novel, returning to the insular settings of Concrete Island (1974) and High Rise (1975), while at the same time foreshadowing the decadent worlds of Millennium People (2003) and Kingdom Come (2006). Most of the plot takes place in an isolated microcosm: the uninhabited Pacific island Saint-Esprit which, after being targeted by the French government for nuclear tests, is taken over by the radical animal activist Dr Barbara Rafferty under the pretence of saving a species of indigenous albatross from extinction. Yet this compassionate aim is gradually abandoned and the paradisiacal setting transformed into a totalitarian feminist commune ruled …

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Mueller-Wood, Anja. "Rushing to Paradise". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2275, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Dystopian and Apocalyptic Fiction