Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes,
journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative
final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of
reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the
relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela
Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s
brilliant, and epic, work.
In the Exegesis,
Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called “2-3-74,” a
postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe “transformed into
information.” In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling
voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream
accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a
cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the
This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription
and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group
of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most
improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light.
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