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Fluyan mis lágrimas, dijo el policía

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  18,371 ratings  ·  800 reviews
¿Qué haría usted si, de la noche a la mañana, se convirtiera en un perfecto desconocido sin existencia real en el mundo que le rodea? ¿Qué haría si viviera en una sociedad policial, donde los estudiantes están confinados en las ruinas de los antiguos campus universitarios, donde existen los campos de trabajos forzados y donde un individuo vale tan sólo lo que señalan sus t ...more
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Published 2000 by GDF (Colección para leer en libertad) (first published 1974)
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“Love isn't just wanting another person the way you want to own an object you see in a store. That's just desire. You want to have it around, take it home and set it up somewhere in the apartment like a lamp. Love is"--she paused, reflecting--"like a father saving his children from a burning house, getting them out and dying himself. When you love you cease to live for yourself; you live for another person.”
What? This in a Philip K. Dick novel?

This is an unusual PKD book, though you could arg
You can criticise Dick all you like for being wrong about flying cars, or thinking the LP record was for ever (note: it isn't?), but he is writing science fiction and, as Ray Bradbury points out far more eloquently than will I, that is about ideas. It isn't about sentence construction, plot or character development. If you wanted to, it is easy enough to criticise this book on all these counts, but so what? Why would you bother? What matters is....


Phillip K. Dick is a philosopher in a pulp writer's body. His books reads like pulp fiction in style but are loaded with philosophical inquires regarding reality and perception. Sometimes so much so that the text can't keep up with it. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is one example. The plot centers around a celebrity who finds himself no longer remembered. To be more precise, he no longer exists. All his identity is wiped out and no one knows him not even his friends. This is actually one of ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Experienced readers of Philip K. Dick
Recommended to Richard by:
Shelves: scifi, classic, bookclub
This is a somewhat typical Philip K. Dick novel, albeit not quite as good as I expected.

PDK is mostly famous for the movies that have been made from his novels. His books are a bit obscure, even among many Science Fiction fans, and for a good reason: he's not a very good storyteller.

Now, scifi fans are frequently a tolerant bunch. Among them are fans that will tolerate abysmal writing because the author nails the science (typically physics). Others couldn't care less about hard science, but want
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is one of Philip K. Dick’s best.

Yet unlike many main characters from PKD’s books, protagonist Jason Taverner is not a misunderstood, delusional recluse, but rather a world famous, genetically superior celebrity. Supporting protagonist Felix Buckman is a police general with only a handful of individuals more powerful. PKD uses these worldly heroes to illustrate the transience and frailty of what people understand as important. Taverner spends a couple of days wh
In a time and place where the pols (US Police) and nats (national guard) carry out random ID checks to catch escaped students and send them to forced labour camps, what would happen if you woke up one day with no identity? Jason Taverner, host of a hit TV show with thirty thousand weekly viewers, find's himself in exactly this position. Not only have his ID cards disappeared, but his whole identity. One day a worldwide celebrity, the next a nobody, someone who no one has ever heard of before.


Despondent over the failure of his fourth marriage and at the same time stimulated to fresh creativity after his first mescaline trip, cult author Philip K. Dick worked on what would be his 29th published sci-fi novel, "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said," from March to August 1970. Ultimately released in 1974, an important year in Phil's life (the year of his legendary "pink light" incident), the book went on to win the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award, was nominated for both the Hugo
This is my fifth PKD book this year, and while I thought it was beautifully written in parts, and its depiction of a police state appropriately chilling, it lacked many of the reality-bending twists and macabre humor of some of his best books, like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and UBIK.

The main characters Jason Taverner and Felix Buckman were sufficiently troubled and complex to keep my interest, but the events of the middle portion of the book dragged a bit, although the ending does prov
It’s a terrible confession to make, but this is my first read of a Philip K. Dick novel. I don’t really know why it’s taken me so long to pick up one of his books, but it’s probably something to do with the zany titles or those wide eyed zealots determined to tell you how he was the greatest and most visionary writer who ever lived. And I’ll be honest: there was part of me which expected to be disappointed and uninvolved in what I found, but instead I greatly enjoyed ‘Flow My Tears, the Policema ...more
This is my first dip into the work of Philip K. Dick. After reading a chat board on where to start reading PKD, I kept hearing Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said mentioned over and over again. So, without pause, I went to the library the next day and retrieved a copy.

I sat and read this book in one sitting. It is not often that I read books at once. In fact, the last time I remember reading a book so quickly was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I am certainly not a fast reader -- I take my ti
Jason Taverner is on top of the world. He has it all- a house in the Swiss Alps, a beautiful girlfriend, an illustrious singing career, and a hit late-night talk show. In a sense, he is Justin Timberlake (yes, Timberlake doesn't have a talk show... yet). Until one morning he awakens to find that no one knows who he is anymore, all of his IDs are gone and, in the matter of a few hours, he has become an unperson. Which, in the militarized post-Real ID future this book is set in, makes him a very o ...more
This is a mysterious book that raises many more questions than it answers. Among the questions this book has inspired me to ask:

-How on earth could I have spent a year and a half in love with a woman who told me this was her favorite novel?

-Is there a time/space-altering drug that can transport me to a universe where I never wasted my time on this book?

-Am I honestly supposed to believe that a world in which not everyone cares about the existence of a pompous white dude is some kind of dystopia?
Mar 16, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, conspiracy theorists, Dickians
Recommended to Michael by: Tom Maddox
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one of Philip K. Dick's most "literary" novels, which is to say that it reads as if he took some time to edit and think about the plotline, rather than just getting cranked up on speed and hurling out the words as fast as they would come. Decades of that style of writing had already taken their toll on the paranoid genius, however, and anyone hoping for the lyric poetry of a Samuel R. Delany will be disappointed.

One does not read Dick for the subtle crafting of the English language, how
Last book I'm going to finish this year so why not something by the master of shifting perceptions and realities? And if that's what you're looking for, you wont be disappointed with this book.

I don't know if this is one of those stories Dick just sat down and wrote without plan or direction but it certainly felt like it. The story meanders along often taking strange new directions seemingly for no more reason than the author's whim. It's an approach that feels quite familiar now, having read qu
Gray Emerson
I've read two other novels by Philip K. Dick and a lot of his short stories. He's one of the best American novelists (if not the best) of the later 20th century and this book is the best I've read so far. It's about a television/music star who suddenly discovers no one knows who he is anymore. Even the totalitarian government has no record of him ever existing. His struggles to reassert his identity cause him to question the authenticity of the reality he had been living in. More important than ...more
Maybe I was in the wrong mood for it, but something was off with one. I usually love the classic science-fiction (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, Vonnegut, etc) and Flow My Tears had some moments of greatness, especially in the interraction between the man with no identity and the various women he encounters. The change of POV to the police general was also effective, and the paranoid surveillance state described almost 40 years ago still has the power to evoke disturbing thoughts of "are we there yet ...more
After reading the incredible Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, I decided to check out more Philip K. Dick. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said was no disappointment in that regard. It's another exciting, highly creative science fiction classic.

The book immediately plunges the reader into the action with a killer premise. Jason Taverner, singer and show host with a weekly audience of 30 million, is attacked by a jilted lover. When he wakes up, Jason finds himself in a dingy hotel room. He soon
This book is an enigma. Well, all of PKD's books are enigmas, but some more than others, and for me, that's what draws me to the author. Reading PKD is like being in a riddle contest, but you're unsure if your opponent is a master riddle crafter, or some drugged out yahoo who wandered in off the street, who doesn't even know the answers to the puzzles he's giving you.

I read this book because I had heard the story about one of the later chapters of this book, and how it relates to the biblical b
Scott Holstad
Wow! What else is there to say after reading this wild prototypical Philip K. Dick novel? Published in 1974, it's about the future world of 1988 where there are flying cars, floating houses, packs of marijuana for sale, and all sorts of other crazy things he got wrong. Could that have been on purpose? In this world, it's a typical Dick police state where having your ID means likely freedom. Not having ID means forced labor camps, where they also send university students at war with the police an ...more
Bizarrrrrrrre !
I think either my intellectual abilities arent adequate OR I didnt consume enough hard drugs to figure out the deeper sense of "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said"!
Anyway I love Dicks writing and will not stop to read his crazy stuff
Ed [Redacted]
This just in, PKD writes some weird stuff. This book is no exception. It's about a television star, Jason Tavenor, who wakes up in a motel room with no identification. This would normally not be a problem but this particular universe is a police state where not having ID is an extremely bad thing. Even worse, Tavenor discovers that no one knows him anymore, not even his closest friends. If you have eve read any PKD, you will not be surprised to discover that this all has to do with drug use.

Mar 20, 2007 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: radioactive burnouts
This was my first Philip K. Dick read which inspired me to immediately seek more so I just finished The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldridge yesterday. I have no idea why I let PKD sit my "authors to read list" for 5 years. I guess it just wasn't the right time.

Flow My Tears was way more compelling in that it had a few mindfucks within the plot but both contained frameworks for watching reality dissolve.

I plan to re-read it within the next few weeks... it's still seeping in.
Luca Rossi
An entertaining and brilliant masterpiece. Teverner is one of the best character in the history of sci-fi. I loved the way Dick used to imagine our future and made funny sketches about his time. In these book drug is a door to another time line, but I think that Dick helped everybody to think about the theories of multiple dimensions
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رواية تحشيشية.. أعتقد أن هذا هو أنسب وصف لها. الكاتب أراد أن يربكك منذ البدء.. لتقدّر مقدار الربكة التي يعانيها البطل!

هذا النوع من الديستوبيا صعب وعصي على المتابعة عموماً.. الرواية غير مسلية عموماً لكنها رفيعة المستوى فكرياً بالنظر لتاريخ كتابتها. هي قراءتي الأولى لفيليب دِك ولا أرجو أن تكون الأخيرة.
Das ist zwar eine gute Science Fiction Geschichte, aber für den Anspruch, den ich bisher an Dick hatte, nicht gut genug. Es fehlen die für Dick so typischen ironischen und abstrusen Zukunftsideen.

Ein internationaler Fernsehstar erwacht und stellt fest, dass ihn plötzlich keiner mehr kennt, obwohl sich die Welt ansonsten nicht verändert hat. Auch seine kompletten Identitätspapiere sind futsch, was in einem totalitären Polizeistaat zu erheblichen Problemen führt. Mit einem Bündel Geldscheinen, das
Joshum Harpy
As I write this, I am coming down off the book much like coming down from the kind of ecstatic mind-melting psychedelic drug freak out that Philip K. Dick could bring to life like no other. I began mourning this book in the bittersweet moment that I realized it would soon be ending, with 20 pages left, I began accepting that my brain would return to the mundane ebb and flow of everyday perception and that the shimmering pearls of insight gained during the experience would grow dull and academic. ...more
Probably 3.5 stars, but I tend towards grade-inflation with authors I admire, so -- just to be safe -- I'm rounding down on this one. I liked the first 4/5, but the last quintile bugged a little. It started brilliantly, but ended with a J. Leno (long explanation of the joke just told). It was like towards the end PKD discounted his readers would get it, so he left simple instructions (remove plastic before eating) and tied the whole thing off neat (with complementary happy ending). Other than th ...more
Mutlu Cankay
Jason Taverner, ünlü bir şarkıcı ve Tv şovu sunucusudur. 30 milyon insanın hayran olduğu bir fenomen, aynı zamanda elitist bir genetik mühendisliği ürünüdür. "Altılar" diye bilinen bu üstün insanlardan olan Taverner'in dokunulmazlığı eski flörtlerinden birinin intikam almasıyla kalkar. Başka bir gerçekliğe uyanan şovmen gene aynı polis devletindedir, zaman kayması da yoktur... Amam kimliksizdir, hiç doğmamış hiç işlenmemiştir. Artık dokunulmaz değildir, ünlü değildir. O hiç kimsedir, artık sırad ...more
Jason Taverner is a famous entertainer, instantly recognizable worldwide for his long recording career and hugely successful TV show. And then, suddenly, he's not. All of his identification documents have gone missing, nobody recognizes him or the name of his show, and, most disturbingly, there isn't even a record of his birth. Taverner has simply ceased to have ever been, in one of the worst possible times and places to do so.

It might help to note that this book was originally published in 1974
Adi Shtamberger
Not as enjoyable as it has probably been when it first came out, since it's ideas are now mostly known from other PKD books and movies based on them, and some of them are a bit outdated now. Also had a problem with Dick's attitude towards women, though I understand he was raised in a different time period. Still, there are moments of brilliance in this book, and lots of suspense - wanting to know what would happen to the protagonist, and how he got to his current situation. A good classic SF sto ...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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“Grief reunites you with what you've lost. It's a merging; you go with the loved thing or person that's going away. You follow it a far as you can go.

But finally,the grief goes away and you phase back into the world. Without him.

And you can accept that. What the hell choice is there? You cry, you continue to cry, because you don't ever completely come back from where you went with him -- a fragment broken off your pulsing, pumping heart is there still. A cut that never heals.

And if, when it happens to you over and over again in life, too much of your heart does finally go away, then you can't feel grief any more. And then you yourself are ready to die. You'll walk up the inclined ladder and someone else will remain behind grieving for you.”
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