I am Alive and You are Dead

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 most valiant psychological explorers of the twentieth century' ("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 Carrere 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 Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrere traces Dick's multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of sixties California.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 novel by Philip K. Dick himself, Carrere's 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747569193
  • 9780747569190

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'Emmanuel Carrere'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. Carrere, 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' Harper's US 'Startling ... Carrere gets so far inside the head of the deeply troubled author ... the resulting text is remarkably vivid, intimate, often haunting ... ' Philadelphia Inquirer 'What Dick thinks and feels as man and writer is richly developed in this riveting biography. Mr Carrere's book is mesmerizing. Seldom have I read a biographer who drew me so deeply into his subject's world' New York Sun 'Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful ... ' Boston Globeshow more

About Emmanuel Carrère

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

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