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Inhaltsangabe: Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.
Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.
Review: Mind- and reality-bending drugs factor again and again in Philip K. Dick's hugely influential SF stories. A Scanner Darkly cuts closest to the bone, drawing on Dick's own experience with illicit chemicals and on his many friends who died from drug abuse. Nevertheless, it's blackly farcical, full of comic-surreal conversations between people whose synapses are partly fried, sudden flights of paranoid logic, and bad trips like the one whose victim spends a subjective eternity having all his sins read to him, in shifts, by compound-eyed aliens. (It takes 11,000 years of this to reach the time when as a boy he discovered masturbation.) The antihero Bob Arctor is forced by his double life into warring double personalities: as futuristic narcotics agent "Fred," face blurred by a high-tech scrambler, he must spy on and entrap suspected drug dealer Bob Arctor. His disintegration under the influence of the insidious Substance D is genuine tragicomedy. For Arctor there's no way off the addict's downward escalator, but what awaits at the bottom is a kind of redemption--there are more wheels within wheels than we suspected, and his life is not entirely wasted. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday & Company, New York, 1977. hardbound. Classic Philip K. Dick novel, lately adapted to the movie Minority Report; jacket illustration by The Quays, photo of the author to rear flap; not a first edition (H 13 to pg 216); remainder spray to underside of text block, light foxing to endpapers and text block, o.w. Very Good and clean throughout; very minor edgewear to dustwrapper, two strips tape repair to verso at head and tail of spine, o.w. Very Good (dustwrapper mylar protected). Dustwrapper. 220pp. 8vo. remainder spray o.w. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper remainder spray o.w. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 19795
Buchbeschreibung Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Book club edition. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1309092852
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0385016131 Very Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z0385016131Z2
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 1st. 0385016131. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 591950
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Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, New York, 1977. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Impression. Ex Library, but a bright clean copy. Usual trappings with stamps and cardholders, still in place. Jacket is good but has had a small portion removed to accommodate viewing of card holder on rear paste-down, not affecting text. Jacket is protected and has been taped to the front boards leaving some remainder. Not Price clipped. ASD $6.95. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 015644
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0385016131
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Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0385016131
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020385016131