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I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick

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Staff Pick

While this book is liable to upset staunch Dick-heads, it is a thoroughly engaging exploration into the imagination that created the worlds of Blade Runner and Minority Report. It doesn't lay claim to be a totally factual life story, but it is an interesting look at this influential yet enigmatic author. No matter what you think you know, you don't know Dick.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

While this book is liable to upset staunch Dick-heads, it is a thoroughly engaging exploration into the imagination that created the worlds of Blade Runner and Minority Report. It doesn't lay claim to be a totally factual life story, but it is an interesting look at this influential yet enigmatic author. No matter what you think you know, you don't know Dick.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the master chronicler of psychological extremes, an unforgettable portrait of the “Shakespeare of science fiction” whose work has influenced millions

For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the “most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century” (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. Dick, whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, dedicated his life to solving one ultimately unanswerable question: What is real?

In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dicks strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink lights, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrère traces Dicks multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of sixties California. He vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise whose more than fifty novels subverted the materials of science fictionparallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusionsto create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

As disturbing and engrossing as a book by its subject, Carrères unconventional work interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresawfrom cloning to reality TVa world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.

Emmanuel Carrère is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers. He is the author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip and The Mustache, as well as The Adversary, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Carrère lives in Paris.

For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick was not only "one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the twentieth century" (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. Dick, whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and Paycheck, was a prolific and visionary if deeply troubled writer who dedicated his life to solving one unanswerable question: What is real?

In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dick's strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink light, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrère traces Dick's multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of 1960s California. The author vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise, whose more than fifty novels subverted the materials of science fictionparallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusionsto create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

As disturbing and engrossing as a work by Dick himself, Carrère's unconventional biography interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresawfrom cloning to reality TVa world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.

"Remarkable—a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism."—John Leonard, Harper's Magazine

"[A] painful and unconventional biography [that] portrays Dick as a Cold War Don Quixote, flailing at the totalitarianism he suspected was taking over 1950s-60s America. Aimed at hardcore Dick fans, it's a powerful treatment of a difficult subject."—Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] painful and unconventional biography....Aimed at hardcore Dick fans, it's a powerful treatment of a difficult subject." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

This unforgettable portrait of the "Shakespeare of science fiction," whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner and Minority Report, interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresaw a world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.

Synopsis:

For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the "one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dick's strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink light, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction--parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions--to create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

Synopsis:

From the master chronicler of psychological extremes, an unforgettable portrait of the “Shakespeare of science fiction” whose work has influenced millions

For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the “most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century” (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. Dick, whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, dedicated his life to solving one ultimately unanswerable question: What is real?

In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dicks strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink lights, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrère traces Dicks multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of sixties California. He vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise whose more than fifty novels subverted the materials of science fiction—parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions—to create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

As disturbing and engrossing as a book by its subject, Carrères unconventional work interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresaw—from cloning to reality TV—a world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.

About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère is one of Frances most critically acclaimed writers, author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip & The Mustache, as well as The Adversary, a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. Carrère lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805054644
Subtitle:
A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick
Translator:
Bent, Timothy
Translator:
Bent, Timothy
Author:
Carrere, Emmanuel
Author:
Bent, Timothy
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subject:
Science fiction, american
Subject:
Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 336 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9780805054644 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

While this book is liable to upset staunch Dick-heads, it is a thoroughly engaging exploration into the imagination that created the worlds of Blade Runner and Minority Report. It doesn't lay claim to be a totally factual life story, but it is an interesting look at this influential yet enigmatic author. No matter what you think you know, you don't know Dick.

"Staff Pick" by ,

While this book is liable to upset staunch Dick-heads, it is a thoroughly engaging exploration into the imagination that created the worlds of Blade Runner and Minority Report. It doesn't lay claim to be a totally factual life story, but it is an interesting look at this influential yet enigmatic author. No matter what you think you know, you don't know Dick.

"Review" by , "[A] painful and unconventional biography....Aimed at hardcore Dick fans, it's a powerful treatment of a difficult subject."
"Synopsis" by , This unforgettable portrait of the "Shakespeare of science fiction," whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner and Minority Report, interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresaw a world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.
"Synopsis" by ,
For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the "one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dick's strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink light, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction--parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions--to create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the master chronicler of psychological extremes, an unforgettable portrait of the “Shakespeare of science fiction” whose work has influenced millions

For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the “most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century” (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. Dick, whose work inspired such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, dedicated his life to solving one ultimately unanswerable question: What is real?

In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère follows Dicks strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink lights, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrère traces Dicks multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of sixties California. He vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise whose more than fifty novels subverted the materials of science fiction—parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions—to create classic works of contemporary anxiety.

As disturbing and engrossing as a book by its subject, Carrères unconventional work interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresaw—from cloning to reality TV—a world that looks ever more like one of his inventions.

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