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

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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 Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction — parallel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.

Review:

"[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:

"Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful." Boston Globe

Review:

"The story of a remarkable life marked by great burst of creativity and equally frequent bouts of mental turmoil....Captures...[Dick’s] sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity, his very human vulnerability." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written....Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelist's earnest speculation." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick is remarkable — a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism." Harper's

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.

Emmanuel Carrère is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers, author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip & 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 fiction—parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions—to 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 in full the maddening genius whose writing foresaw an unsettling world—from cloning to reality television—that seems ever more familiar.

"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written . . . Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelists earnest speculation."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A strange, fascinating man, and this a strange, fascinating book."—The San Diego Union Tribune
 
"Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick is remarkable—a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism. Carrère, whose own eerie novels include The Adversary, proves that it's still possible for the French to write like Voltaire rather than Derrida. Informed, affectionate, sardonic, he is also crystal clear."—John Leonard, Harper's
 
"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written . . . Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelists earnest speculation."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
"The story of a remarkable life marked by great burst of creativity and equally frequent bouts of mental turmoil . . . Carrère wisely eschews the 'and then he wrote' approach to literary biography . . . He neither overstates Dick's gifts nor belittles his more outlandish hypotheses about the underlying meaning of reality . . . He captures [Dick's] sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity, his very human vulnerability . . . Compelling."—Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle
  
"Startling . . . Carrère gets so far inside the head of the deeply troubled author [that] the resulting text is remarkably vivid, intimate, often haunting."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
  
"What Dick thinks and feels as a man and writer is richly developed in this riveting biography. Mr. Carrère's book is mesmerizing. Seldom have I read a biographer who drew me so deeply into his subjects world."—Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun
  
"Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful."—James Parker, The Boston Globe
 
"[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

About the Author

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

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Roger Sarao, August 15, 2006 (view all comments by Roger Sarao)
Carrere does what no one else has been able to do -- go inside the mind of one of the twentieth century's most original authors, Philip K. Dick. The book -- a blend between biography and... something else -- almost reads like a PKD novel. Eccentric, erudite and enlightening, "I Am Alive and You Are Dead" is highly recommended for those wishing to understand the mind behind such classic works as "A Scanner Darkly" and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" (the basis for the hit movie, Blade Runner).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312424510
Author:
Carrere, Emmanuel
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Translator:
Bent, Timothy
Author:
Bent, Timothy
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.746 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador USA - English 9780312424510 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[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" by , "Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful."
"Review" by , "The story of a remarkable life marked by great burst of creativity and equally frequent bouts of mental turmoil....Captures...[Dick’s] sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity, his very human vulnerability."
"Review" by , "Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written....Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelist's earnest speculation."
"Review" by , "Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick is remarkable — a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism."
"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.

Emmanuel Carrère is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers, author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip & 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 fiction—parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions—to 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 in full the maddening genius whose writing foresaw an unsettling world—from cloning to reality television—that seems ever more familiar.

"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written . . . Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelists earnest speculation."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A strange, fascinating man, and this a strange, fascinating book."—The San Diego Union Tribune
 
"Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick is remarkable—a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism. Carrère, whose own eerie novels include The Adversary, proves that it's still possible for the French to write like Voltaire rather than Derrida. Informed, affectionate, sardonic, he is also crystal clear."—John Leonard, Harper's
 
"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written . . . Carrère combines fact and fiction to form a new sort of genre, blending literary criticism and cultural history with a novelists earnest speculation."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
"The story of a remarkable life marked by great burst of creativity and equally frequent bouts of mental turmoil . . . Carrère wisely eschews the 'and then he wrote' approach to literary biography . . . He neither overstates Dick's gifts nor belittles his more outlandish hypotheses about the underlying meaning of reality . . . He captures [Dick's] sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity, his very human vulnerability . . . Compelling."—Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle
  
"Startling . . . Carrère gets so far inside the head of the deeply troubled author [that] the resulting text is remarkably vivid, intimate, often haunting."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
  
"What Dick thinks and feels as a man and writer is richly developed in this riveting biography. Mr. Carrère's book is mesmerizing. Seldom have I read a biographer who drew me so deeply into his subjects world."—Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun
  
"Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful."—James Parker, The Boston Globe
 
"[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

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