The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

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`A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. `The Exegesis `is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn't a legend and he wasn't mad. He lived among us, and was a genius.`--Jonathan Lethem Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The `Exegesis of Philip K. Dick `is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work. In `The``Exegesis,` Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called `2-3-74,` a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe `transformed into information.` In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 976 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 50.8mm | 454g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0547549253
  • 9780547549255
  • 117,121

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One day the contents of my mind moved faster and faster until they ceased being concepts and became percepts. I did not have concepts about the world but perceived it without preconception or even intellectual comprehension. It then resembled the world of "UBIK." As if all the contents of one s mind, if fused, became suddenly alive, a living entity, which took off within one s head, on its own, saw in its own superior way, without regard to what you had ever learned or seen or known. The principle of emergence, as when nonliving matter becomes living. As if information (thought concepts) when pushed to their limit became metamorphosed into something alive."show more

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A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The "Exegesis" is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn t a legend and he wasn t mad. He lived among us, and was a genius. Jonathan Lethem Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, "The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick" is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick s brilliant, and epic, work. In the "Exegesis," Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called 2-3-74, a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe transformed into information. In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit.This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light. "show more

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