Crash (J. G. Ballard novel)  

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Crash is a novel by English author J. G. Ballard, first published in 1973. It is a story about car-crash sexual fetishism: its protagonists get their sexual kicks by staging and participating in very real car-crashes, often with very real consequences. Ballard used for the book a cold and detached language, giving the impression of an objective medical journal.

It was a highly controversial novel: famously one publisher's reader returned the verdict "This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do Not Publish." The novel was adapted and made into a film in 1996, also called Crash.

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