Philip K. Dick (Hardcover)
Valis and Later Novels (Loa #193): A Maze of Death / Valis / The Divine Invasion / The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (Library of America #193)
Library of America, 9781598530445, 850pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 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 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.
About the Author
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was the author of 36 novels and more than 120 stories, including such celebrated works as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the basis for the film Blade Runner). He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005. Jonathan Lethem is the author Fortress of Solitude and many other novels and story collections.