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A very interesting premise of the dead being reborn, “growing” in to childhood and returning to the womb. This throws up so many questions of a religious and theological nature as the main story revolves around the rebirth of a major religious figure. One of Dick’s shorter novels, this is a brilliant example of his strangeness but also how he questions the role of government, religion and life itself.
Time runs backwards in the Counter-Clock World. Old people emerge from their graves, grow to middle age, youth, adolescence and childhood to be finally unborn in their mothers' wombs. The most powerful - and most feared - organization in the world is the Library, in charge of expunging the written records of events which have no longer happened. When a powerful black leader is reborn, the Library's one concern is to eliminate him before the renewal of racial violence tears the country apart. But in this counter-clock year of 1998 it isn't that simple.
This eerie and unforgettable premise encapsulates Philip K. Dick's ambitious and inimitable approach to fiction writing. The attempts of his characters to cope with the bizarre reality of a world that runs backwards while their minds run forwards, like ours, operate as a stunning critique of the way we perceive our own civilization.
Publication date: 15/04/2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||15th April 2002|
|Author:||Philip K Dick|
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. His edgy, dark future visions are even more relevant now. His novels have inspired many other writers and been used as the basis for films such as the classic Blade Runner the blockbuster Minority Report and the indie 'cartoon' A Scanner Darkly. Since his untimely death at age 53, there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in his writings, which during his lifetime were largely ignored by serious mainstream critics and readers. Such is no longer the case, and the novels ...More About Philip K Dick