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I am alive and you are dead : a journey into the mind of Philip K. Dick
Carrère, Emmanuel, 1957-
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Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts. English
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New York : Henry Holt, [2004]

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xv, 315 pages ; 25 cm
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PS3554.I3 Z63 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From the master chronicler of psychological extremes, an unforgettable portrait of the "Shakespeare of science fiction" whose work has influenced millions For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the "most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century" ( The 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 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 lights, 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 Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, Carrère traces Dick's multiple marriages, paranoid fantasies, and vertiginous encounters with the drug culture of sixties California. He vividly conjuresthe 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 book by its subject, Carrère'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.

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Emmanuel Carrere is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers, author of screenplays, a biography of Philip K. Dick, and two novels, including CLASS TRIP, which won the prestigious Prix Femina. A major bestseller in France, THE ADVERSARY is being published in eighteen countries. Carrere lives in Paris

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Publisher's Weekly Review

French screenwriter and novelist Emmanuel Carrere (The Adversary) relies heavily on analysis of the novels of SF giant Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) in his painful and unconventional biography, I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick, translated by Timothy Bent. Carrere portrays Dick as a Cold War Don Quixote, flailing at the totalitarianism he suspected was taking over 1950s-1960s America. Aimed at hardcore Dick fans, it's a powerful treatment of a difficult subject. Agent, Fran?ois Samuelson Intertalent. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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""Strange, fascinating man, and this is a strange, fascinating book.""
The San Diego Union-Tribune
""Remarkable--a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism
Informed, affectionate, sardonic, he is also crystal clear.""John Leonard and Harper's
""Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written
Carregrave;re 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