The Crystal World - J.G. Ballard a physician in africa; a world of disease. decay takes strange shape! a move into the unknown; the inexplicable finds its form and renovates, reconfigures: a new, dead life! figures in a landscape become one with that landscape... stylized characters form a comic tableau, fighting and fucking and dying, always dying... a journey up-river into the heart of an exterminating whiteness... leprosy and crystallization, two sides of one coin. this cartoon world ends - not with a bang - but with stasis; an alien landscape that will subsume us all. what is Self, what is Society, what are compassion & greed & ambition, what is Life itself, in the face of such things? our ultimate heritage - to be insects trapped in crystalline amber?