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I Am Alive and You Are Dead
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Emmanuel Carr re is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers, author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip & The Mustache, as well as The Adversary, a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. Carr re lives in Paris.

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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. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Strange, fascinating man, and this a strange, fascinating book." --The San Diego Union Tribune"Emmanuel Carr re's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick is remarkable--a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism. Carr re, whose own eerie novels include The Adversary, proves that it's still possible for the French to write like Voltaire rather than Derrida. Informed, affectionate, sardonic, he is also crystal clear." --John Leonard, Harper's"Consistently fascinating and brilliantly written . . . Carr 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"The story of a remarkable life marked by great burst of creativity and equally frequent bouts of mental turmoil . . . Carr re wisely eschews the 'and then he wrote' approach to literary biography . . . He neither overstates Dick's gifts nor belittles his more outlandish hypotheses about the underlying meaning of reality . . . Captures . . . [Dick's] sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity, his very human vulnerability . . . Compelling." --Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle"Startling . . . Carr re gets so far inside the head of the deeply troubled author . . . the resulting text is remarkably vivid, intimate, often haunting." --The Philadelphia Inquirer"What Dick thinks and feels as a man and writer is richly developed in this riveting biography. Mr. Carr re's book is mesmerizing. Seldom have I read a biographer who drew me so deeply into his subject's world." --Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun"Every whorl of Dick's mind, every delusion, every leap through the looking glass, is chronicled. The effect is powerful." --James Parker, The Boston Globe"[A] painful and unconventional biography [that] portrays Dick as a Cold War Don Quixote, flailing at the totalitarianism he suspected was taking over 1950s-60s America. Aimed at hardcore Dick fans, it's a powerful treatment of a difficult subject." --Publishers Weekly

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