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's I Am Alive and You Are Dead, 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 Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction--parallel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.
 

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User Review  - ten_floors_up - LibraryThing

Carrère makes a pretty good stab at the journey: Philip K Dick's mind must have been a pretty strange place. I knew he was a complicated man with a paranoid tendency, but there are suggestions of ... Read full review

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Quarter of a century after his death, Philip K. Dick’s reputation and status is beginning to transcend mere founding fatherhood of modern science fiction and drift towards a more general greatness ... Read full review

Contents

Berkeley
1
Little Green Men
15
George Smith and George Scruggs
22
What He Was Really Doing
35
The Rat in the House
45
Inner Truth
58
Idiocy
75
Crazy Days
88
Among the Living Dead
155
Freaks
174
Flow My Tears
187
The Souls Winter
205
The Empire Never Ended
220
The Tyrants Fall
237
Horselover Fat
253
End of the Line
269

The Real Presence
99
Revolution Molting
119
What Is Human?
130
Portrait of the Artist as a Heretic
140
The One He Had Been Waiting For
290
Penultimate Truths
303
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About the author (2005)

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, a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. Carrère lives in Paris.

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