Valis and Later Novels: A Maze of Death Valis the Divine Invasion the Transmigration of Timothy Archer

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Hardcover, Library of America, 2009, ISBN13 9781598530445, ISBN10 1598530445

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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 a 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.

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Contributed by: Lethem, Jonathan
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publish Date: Jul 30, 2009
ISBN-13: 9781598530445
ISBN-10: 1598530445
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 850
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.2
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