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The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.
By Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson, Jonathan Lethem.
OVERVIEW: Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into 25 languages.
"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.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Pamela Jackson holds her MDiv and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is presently associate director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of the novels "Gun, with Occasional Music, Amnesia Moon, As She Climbed Across the Table, " and "Girl in Landscape." He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
2011 Houghton Mifflin hard cover, 976 pages.