The subject of this reflection will be the narrative hyperrealism of Philip K. Dick. In the writer’s works, the America of the future corresponds allusively to the corrupt America of the past, locked in an eternal present, governed by a power that has lost the historical memory of its origins. The truth, never last but always penultimate, crumbles in a becoming that dissolves every certainty and every institution. Deploying the potential of sensations and altering the consistency of materiality, Dick’s characters have substances and devices capable of introducing corrections in the mechanisms of development of living forms, no longer intangible assumptions, but flexible outcomes of a changed biological destiny, of irreversible and perverse metamorphoses of the world. From the impossibility of perceiving the action of a logic operating in the historical process, as well as from the perception of the irrelevance of human fate in the face of the unfathomable immensity of the universe, it will be underlined how in Dick the ability to tell a different story emerges, suspended between time and eternity.

The Imaginary Of Philip K. Dick Between Waste Multiverses And Mazes of Death

L. De Feo
2022

Abstract

The subject of this reflection will be the narrative hyperrealism of Philip K. Dick. In the writer’s works, the America of the future corresponds allusively to the corrupt America of the past, locked in an eternal present, governed by a power that has lost the historical memory of its origins. The truth, never last but always penultimate, crumbles in a becoming that dissolves every certainty and every institution. Deploying the potential of sensations and altering the consistency of materiality, Dick’s characters have substances and devices capable of introducing corrections in the mechanisms of development of living forms, no longer intangible assumptions, but flexible outcomes of a changed biological destiny, of irreversible and perverse metamorphoses of the world. From the impossibility of perceiving the action of a logic operating in the historical process, as well as from the perception of the irrelevance of human fate in the face of the unfathomable immensity of the universe, it will be underlined how in Dick the ability to tell a different story emerges, suspended between time and eternity.
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