Valis and Later Novels

Valis and Later Novels

Book - 2009
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In 2007, Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s became the fastest selling title in The Library of America's history. The 2008 companion volume, Five Novels of the1960s & 70s , broke series records for advance sales. Now comes a third and final volume gathering the best novels of Dick's final years, when religious revelation, always important in his work, became a dominant and irresistible theme.

In A Maze of Death (1970), a darkly speculative mystery that foreshadows Dick's final novels, colonists on the planet Delmak-O try to determine the nature of the God-or "Mentufacturer"-who plots their destiny. The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick's life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown. The Divine Invasion (1981), a sequel to VALIS , is a powerful exploration of gnostic insight and its human consequences. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), Dick's last novel, is by turns theological thriller, roman #65533; clef, and disenchanted portrait of late 1970s California life, based loosely on the controversial career of Bishop James Pike-a close friend and kindred spirit.
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2009.
ISBN: 9781598530445
Characteristics: 849 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Valis & later novels


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Dec 17, 2015

The third in Library of America's excellent Philip K. Dick series. This contains his later novels, when he was struggling with his mental health. These should probably be read after reading at least a few of his earlier books. Overall, a terrific set that should move Dick out of the genre ghetto and into the company of important and influential writers, which is where he belongs.

Jan 06, 2012

Amazing introspective flow, written with a humor very unique to PKD. Best commentary on the personal struggle to make sense of reality that anyone can take on, but only after acknowledging the risk of failure which may lead to a kind of insanity.


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