The first book in Dick's Divine Trilogy is a psychedelic and philosophical rumination from a spiritual experience after a dental procedure with a blinding and all knowing pink light. Philip is a character in the novel, along with a schizophrenic alter-ego known as Horselover Fat. The story ambles through 1970s northern California in mental hospitals and art house theaters. The line between fiction and autobiography has never been so blurred. --Andrew— From Staff Favorites List- Fall 2017
"Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the twentieth century, which is saying a lot. Dick was a kind of Kafka steeped in LSD and rage."--Roberto BolanoWhat is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's ground-breaking novel, and the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy, or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.
VALIS is essential reading for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolano called "more disturbing than any novel by Carson] McCullers." By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.