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Yo estoy vivo y vosotros estáis muertos. Philip K. Dick 1928-1982

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Para unos, Philip K. Dick no es más que el nombre de un escritor de ciencia ficción, cuyas obras inspiraron las películas de Blade Runner y Desafío Total. Para otros, es uno de los escritores esenciales del siglo XX. Y, para unos pocos, el agente de una auténtica Revelación.

Una cuestión obsesiva que ha hecho de su vida caótica una extraña odisea espiritual: ¿Quién sabe lo
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Hardcover, 314 pages
Published by Minotauro (first published December 1st 1993)
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Stuart
I Am Alive and You are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick: Reality is Stranger than Fiction
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Anyone familiar with the SF novels of Philip K. Dick and the many films inspired by his works knows that he was one strange and visionary guy. Certainly the SF genre is filled with works of bizarre worlds, aliens, characters, and slippery reality. But it’s generally accepted by authors and readers alike that these fictional creations are just that — works
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Diletta
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un Impero che non è mai cessato, la continua lotta tra finzione e realtà (ma sopratutto tra il koinos e l'idios kosmos, battaglia infinità ancor più terrificante perché propria dell'uomo, interna e feroce, ma anche della macchina-simulacro) per conquistare l'egemonia.
La storia di Dick è certo riflessa nei suoi romanzi, tra il ghigno di Palmer Eldritch e l'eterna inconsapevolezza di Hawthorne Abendsen, ma è sopratutto la figura continuamente sospesa di Dick stesso, sempre al confine e che coglie
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Dan
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This biography of writer Philip K. Dick imagines that his body of work is essentially one extended AUTObiography. This in itself would not be an interesting claim (eg, who would ever want to read a biography of John Updike?), but Dick's work consists of some of the most tripped-out science fiction ever written. The project is elegantly executed, in an extraordinary simulation of Dick's own style, and surely based on at least some facts. Reading it is an unusually thought-provoking experience.
Aries
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografie
Ho sempre amato Philip K. Dick.
Da quando lessi la prima volta La svastica sul sole e Cacciatore di androidi (ora, giustamente, pubblicato col vero titolo Ma gli androidi sognano pecore elettriche?) il suo interrogarsi costantemente sulla natura della realtà è stato per me motivo di domande importanti e ragionamenti mai scontati con risposte non solo imprevedibili, ma spesso introvabili o inesistenti.
Ho sempre saputo, come informazione di base, dei problemi di droga avuti da Dick, ma li ho sempre
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Marcello S
Premessa: Carrère è un fuoriclasse. Di Dick invece non ho ancora letto nulla e un pochino me ne vergogno.

Si parte bene. Incipit tremendo: non può non farti venir voglia di andare avanti.

Poi però la storia (e con sé la lettura) si fa un pochino faticosa, meno appassionante.
Nella seconda parte la trama si ingolfa su dissertazioni teologiche, I Ching, guide spirituali immaginarie, derive religiose e new age, esegesi mistiche.
E Dick si trasforma da un americano decisamente nella media ad un pazzo
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Michael
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great attempt to elucidate the source of Dick's writings from his experiences and quirky personality. That fine line between madness and genius becomes clearer. Though tagged as one whose imagination was fueled by hallucinogens, his one LSD trip in 1964 was a bad one and never repeated. His abuse of amphetamines also does little to account for his remarkable imagination, but only of his ability to complete many of his novels in a few weeks. His paranoia and obsessions are made comprehensible, an ...more
Dan
Jun 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
In a comment on the respective authors of biographies of the poet Arthur Rimbaud, Harper’s book reviewer Wyatt Mason writes, “Whereas Robb reads plausible facts and quietly fills them out with fiction, Steinmetz reads fiction as a loud disclosure of fact.” In I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick, Emmanuel Carrere employs both of the biographical techniques Mason describes, using Dick’s biography to interpret his fiction and his fiction to fill in the gaps in h ...more
cowgirl  sushi
I’ve had an ongoing discussion with a writer friend of mine as to whether some kind of madness is a necessary ingredient to creativity. She maintains that mental illness gets in the way of creative endeavors and in fact, good writing can only happen when those mental disorders are controlled and swept to the side. I maintain that yes, mental illness needs to be treated, but I believe it has an intimate connection to the creative process. No, you don’t have to be crazy to be a writer, butI think ...more
Ignacio
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
El trabajo que Carrère hace sobre la vida de Dick para desentrelazar su compleja personalidad e ir haciendo aflorar los temas que trató en sus novelas y relatos, desplegar su carácter, es excelente. La estiliza hasta convertirla en una gran cadena causa-efecto, sin desvíos secundarios, asocia sus grandes novelas a los acontecimientos que vivía en cada momento concreto y las explica según esa experiencia. Hay libros más completos para entender las diferentes etapas por las que atravesó y contextu ...more
Elalma
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il primo libro di Carrère dove non parla di sé, incredibile ma parla davvero solo di Philip Dick. Questo però gli toglie vivacità e anche l'impronta caratteristica degli altri suoi libri che mi sono piaciuti. Però rende bene l'universo alternativo schizoide in cui viveva Dick che i suoi romanzi non li immaginava, li viveva. E così ora so che se a un certo punto mi sembrava che la trama delle tre stimmate di Palmer Eldritch si disperdesse, se non sapevo più chi erano i vivi o i morti in Ubik era ...more
Cláudia
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preciso e vou fazer um vídeo sobre esse livro, porque raras vezes me senti tão dentro da cabeça de um biografado como nesta obra. Dick é um dos meus ídolos e fiquei estupefata ao notar quão perturbado ele realmente era, e como tratava as mulheres de uma firma ridícula, absurda. Por outro lado, tô rindo sozinha de imaginar a Ursula Le Guin mandando cartas malcriadas pra ele. Que mulher ♡ Só não levou cinco estrelas por causa de algumas passagens confusas que me deram um leve bode. Sou legal, mas ...more
Scott Holstad
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What can you say about Philip K. Dick and this biography? I mean, I knew Dick was a paranoid, but I had no idea to what degree he was. Stunning. I'm surprised he didn't die from a stroke much earlier in his short life. This book also confirmed for me that many of Dick's books were written in a drug addled state, although he only took LSD once -- everything else was uppers, for the most part. It's how he churned out his novels so fast.

It seemed to me that Dick had a miserable, tortured life,
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Sara Mazzoni
Emmanuel Carrère è ormai arcinoto grazie ai romanzi degli ultimi anni (primo fra tutti Limonov), ma esistono ancora sue remote pubblicazioni fuori catalogo di cui non si parla più. Tra queste svetta niente meno che una biografia di Philip K. Dick, ultimata nel 1993, edita in Italia da Theoria nel 1995 e attualmente irreperibile in libreria. Carrère ha scritto spesso storie dove è difficile stabilire la distinzione tra fiction e non fiction, giocando sul proprio ruolo di autore che si fa improvvi ...more
Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This is in no sense a scholarly work—no footnotes, no bibliography, not even a "further reading" list. Emmaneul Carrère is an unabashed fan of Philip K. Dick who, having read everything there was to read, still wanted to know more about how Dick's mind worked. He pursued this quest through much of Dick's unpublished material and apparently interviews with those who knew him. (I say "apparently" because the lack of footnotes, while adding to readability, does detract from complete clarity about s ...more
Guillaume Demers
Philip K. Dick a beau avoir mis au monde un nombre étonnant de récits d'anticipation étrangement lucides, il reste que la plus grande part de science-fiction trouvait une place bien réelle dans son esprit au quotidien. Les univers angoissants mais captivants qu'il dépeint dans ses livres n'étaient qu'une transcription de ses perceptions et de ses intuitions.

Récit de vie difficile d'un auteur tourmenté, érodé par les pilules. J'ai lu à petites doses.
Mike
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrère does a good job capturing the personality of Phil Dick. He illustrates why people who knew him often found him so fascinating, and why readers still do decades after his death. The author uses Dick's novels to fill in gaps in his biography, and I'm generally okay with that, since much of Dick's wrting appears to be slightly fictionalized versions of people and experiences from his own life.

However, the technique gets tedious when it's used for more than filling in gaps. The section on t
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Chris
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nixon at least was lucky in a way: he was forced to hand over his tapes, others listened to them, and then he got turned out of his bunker. No one is going to do you that favor. You're going to be able to go on listening to yourself, disagreeing with yourself, and telling yourself you're right until the day you die, and no one is going to stop you."

RATING DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ MANY OF DICK'S MAJOR WORKS. Spoilers of every single one of them in addition to many details or intimatio
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James Cullender
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best Literary Biographies I have ever read. Yes, I said Literary Biography because, despite what detractors say this pretty much is a Philip K. Dick biography even if it isn't written in scholarly manner. Of course it would have better if it had been properly sourced, had footnotes, etc. but I wonder, of that is the criteria for "good" biography, how one about most subjects could even be written. Unless the subject was a U.S. President like Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson-who ...more
Ray Dunsmore
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling biography of Philip K. Dick, science fiction's most creative storyteller. Dick was plagued with mental illness throughout his life, most likely exacerbated by the amphetamines he took to write his books quickly and several periods of living amongst the intelligentsia and the burnouts of southern California, and his sanity slowly metamorphosed into something far stranger. He would have prescient dreams where he heard words of ancient Greek he'd never known; and once accurately diagno ...more
Ian Mathers
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may be cheating by tagging this as nonfiction, but I think at worst you could call this a speculative biography. It's probably the best one of PKD I can reasonably expect to read, one that made me sympathize with and condemn the man all over again, one that reminded me of the very real and enduring power of his work while if anything highlighting his flaws as a writer. Generally with Dick I can flip from paragraph to paragraph, sentence to sentence, word to word between thinking he was a geniu ...more
John
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fantastic read. emmanuel carrere is becoming a new fave. this book is so many things. ostensibly a biography of philip k. dick, it's an incredibly engaging tragicomic account of a mind going insane, but in a way that feels totally reasonable, once you start to ponder what constitutes real and not-real. it also feels like a philip k. dick novel explaining the mind behind his major novels. entertaining, thought-provoking, sad, hilarious, fascinating, fun, philosophical, page-turning. can't wait ...more
Atticus_jem_scout Angela
.E, niente, Philip K. Dick era fuori di . La biografia di Carrère del 1993 racconta vita, morte e letteralmente miracoli di un uomo, oltrechè scrittore, così indissolubilmente legato alle sue paranoie geniali da perdersi in realtà parallele. Nel descrivere le avventure di Dick e la nascita dei suoi romanzi, Carrère dipinge a colori accesi e psichedelici immagini di follia, grande intelligenza e astrusa fede in un divino tutto personale. Un libro interessantissimo e riflessivo.
Mauricio Díaz
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es un verdadero "tour de force" para todo admirador de Philip K. Dick. La cronología de este relato biográfico va mostrando el origen de los libros más importantes de Dick y el contexto en que fueron escritos. Además, sirve para desmitificar al autor que ha sido elevado a la categoría de dios de la ciencia ficción.
Raúl
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Buen acercamiento a la figura del escritor de ciencia-ficción Philip K.Dick. Carrere es siempre garantía de calidad.Pero dentro de este género y del mismo autor yo recomendaría antes la imprescindible "Limónov"
Pierre-emmanuel
Un peu moins percutant que les autres oeuvres de Carrère et plus classique dans sa forme bibiographique, on y retrouve quand même une grande constance à travers les thèmes. C'est particulièrement intéressant après la lecture du Royaume.
The Literary Chick
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
As biographies go, this one is expertly written. The author delves deeply into Dick's life and works, and their intertwining. A thorough biography which remains balanced and objective while immensely readable, even for non-'Dickheads'.
Pickle
I enjoyed this though i felt it could have done with more about PKD rather than his novels, all the same it was enjoyable.
Daniel Carlin
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best biography I've ever read.
Flavio
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giusto qualche annotazione:
1. Carrère è uno scrittore molto abile. Lo stile è leggero e accattivante, ma, soprattutto, ho trovato veramente figo il modo in cui lascia cadere nella “sabbia della narrazione” alcuni elementi per poi riprenderli con un tempismo impeccabile più avanti, dimostrando: 1. di essere molto bravo prima nel buttare giù i vari punti e poi nel collegarli in una narrazione circolare - sembra una sparata senza senso, ma, leggendo la biografia, capirete; 2. di essere anche un bra
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Habemus_apicellam
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europei
La mia vita per un senso

Questa non è una biografia classica: Carrerè ci porta non solo dentro la vita di Philip K.Dick, ma dentro la sua testa. E nel fare questo gioca anche noi lettori, infilando qua e là qualche gioco meta-letterario e facendo capolino con alcuni eventi del suo passato. Si diventa quindi particolarmente coinvolti nel seguire la parabola di questa grande penna, dell'autore che probabilmente è stato il più importante nel portare la fantascienza da genere negletto a parte rilev
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Emmanuel Carrère is a French author, screenwriter and director. He is the son of Louis Carrère d'Encausse and French historian Hélène Carrère d'Encausse.

Carrère studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (better known as Sciences Po). Much of his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, centers around the primary themes of the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the d
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