A Scanner Darkly

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 9, 2009 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.


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User Review  - Vortexmind - aNobii

In this novel on drug abuse, Dick manages to create a powerful portrait of a group of addicts and their day to day routine and thinking. The book is quite catching and I've finished it pretty quickly! Read full review

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User Review  - da'zamb - aNobii

read it in ebook format, at night - in the dark - on my palm pc; that seemed to me quite an appropriate way to do it. liked it - it was my first dick. strange fact: i've found that, with this book ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Philip K. Dick’s published works include forty novels and more than one hundred short stories. Many films have been made from his work, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly

The Hugo–Award–winning author died in 1982 at the age of fifty–three.


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