A fascinating and grotesque Jim Ballard novel--it delves deep into the sexualization of violence, and the machinations of masochism with tremendous skill. Ballard places himself in this dark panorama, where he meets Vaughn, a man who gets off on car crashes. It's not easy to make it through Ballard's excruciatingly detailed passages that chronicle the a litany of sexually infused car crashes, events where the human body is disassembled and forever destroyed. Ballard's difficult novel asks us to consider the ways in which modern technology is distorting our relationships and our bodies--it is a relentless parable about the dark recesses of the man-machine matrix.

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