In this dystopia, the automobile and London's concrete landscapes are the symbol of the rule of a technology that has become an idol. The belief in progress even dominates sexuality.
When the narrator smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, he finds himself drawn with increasing intensity to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments with a series of autoerotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. But Vaughan craves the ultimate crash―a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant, and iconic celebrity (Elizabeth Taylor).
First published in 1973, Crash remains one of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century and was made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. The reissue comes with a new introduction by Zadie Smith.