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Crash

Visual interpretations of J.G. Ballard's controversial novel, and its cultural context

J.G. Ballard, La trilogie de béton (known in English as "The Urban Disaster Trilogy"): Crash, Concrete Island and High-Rise, French translation published by Gallimard, Paris, paperback, 2014. Photograph: plainpicture/Kniel Synnatzschke

J.G. Ballard, Crash, first edition published by Jonathan Cape, London, hardback, 1973

J.G. Ballard, Crash, Spanish translation published by RBA Libros, Barcelona, paperback, 2012. Illustration: Alejandro Colucci

“I think the key image of the 20th century is the man in the motor car. It sums up everything: the elements of speed, drama, aggression, the junction of advertising and consumer goods with the technological landscape, the sense of violence and desire, power and energy, the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signalled landscape.” J.G. Ballard, speaking in Crash! (1971), a BBC television film directed by Harley Cokliss

Protest march for an alternative to spending cuts, UK, 26 March 2011

Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard, exhibition catalogue published by Gagosian Gallery, London, 2010. The pocket on the foam-padded plastic cover shows a photograph Ballard took of his Ford Zephyr after an accident in 1973. Design: Graphic Thought Facility

Plastic poster for "Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard", an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, 2010. The photographs, taken by Ballard, show his Ford Zephyr after an accident in 1973. Design: Graphic Thought Facility

J.G. Ballard: Autòpsia del nou mil-lenni (J.G. Ballard: Autopsy of the New Millennium), exhibition catalogue published by Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), paperback, 2008. Design: David Torrents

J.G. Ballard, Crash, published by Harper Perennial, London, paperback, 2008. Illustration: David Wardle

J.G. Ballard, Crash, Italian translation published by Feltrinelli, Milan, paperback, 2008. Design: Feltrinelli design studio

J.G. Ballard, Crash, Spanish translation published by Ediciones Minotauro, Barcelona, paperback, 2008. Illustration: Leo Flores

J.G. Ballard, Crash!, French translation published by Éditions Denoël, Paris, paperback, 2007. Photograph: Gerard Fritz/Corbis

J.G. Ballard, Crash, published by Vintage, London, paperback, 2004. Photograph: Scott Wishart

J.G. Ballard, Crash, published by Vintage, London, paperback, no date (mid-2000s). Photograph: Scott Wishart

Mikita Brottman (ed.), Car Crash Culture, published by Palgrave, New York, paperback, 2001. Design and collage: David Baldeosingh Rotstein, incorporating photos of Jayne Mansfield, James Dean and Princess Diana, all crash victims

J.G. Ballard, Crash, published by Picador USA, New York, paperback, 2001. Design: Henry Sene Yee. Painting: Davin Watne

Iain Sinclair, Crash: David Cronenberg's Post-mortem on J.G. Ballard's "Trajectory of Fate" (critical study of the film), published by BFI Publishing, London, paperback, 1999. Photograph of James Spader in Crash

David Cronenberg, Crash (film screenplay), published by Faber and Faber, London, paperback, 1996. Photograph of James Spader and Holly Hunter: Jonathan Wenk

Illustration by Tina Gonsalves for an essay by the novelist Kathy Acker about David Cronenberg's film of Crash, "Of Death and Desire" in 21-C magazine, 1996

J.G. Ballard, Crash, published by Vintage, London, paperback, 1996. Photograph of James Spader and Holly Hunter: Jonathan Wenk