The man in the high castle blurb
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickIts America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.
The Man in the High Castle
Let me preface this with an admission: I am not a diehard fan of Philip K. Total Recall is fun hyper-violent nonsense. Minority Report is a toothless speculation on the future of civil rights. As a great fan of the movie, I eagerly picked up the source material expecting something even deeper, more atmospheric, and more profound than the film—and was puzzlingly disappointed. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Question answered, conundrum resolved, tension dissolved. But is it science fiction?
Man in the High Castle - Exclusive: Alternate History Japan Wins the War
As terrible as death. But harder to find. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese. But between these two states - locked in a cold war - lies a neutal buffer zone in which legendary author Hawthorne Abendsen is rumoured to live. Abendsen lives in fear of his life for he has written a book in which World War Two was won by the Allies.
Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi Green Arrow Vol. Reviews Gallery Collaborations Submit About. Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 28 November Dick's vision of an dystopian alternate reality in which the Axis won the second world war and entered the United States is both frightening in its realism and gripping in its telling. Dick explores the nature of reality as he had already in early works and whether our senses are sufficient to prove if what is around us is real. At one point in the narrative, a discussion between two characters regarding an authentication certificate required to prove if an old artifact is genuine, parallels the story perfectly.
Set in , fifteen years after an alternative ending to World War II , the novel concerns intrigues between the victorious Axis Powers —primarily, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany —as they rule over the former United States, as well as daily life under the resulting totalitarian rule. Beginning in , the book was adapted as a multi-season TV series , with Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett , serving as one of the show's producers. The novel features a "novel within the novel" comprising an alternate history within this alternate history wherein the Allies defeat the Axis though in a manner distinct from the actual historical outcome. The Nazis then, with help of their allies, conquered most of Africa. By , the US and the remaining Allies surrendered to the Axis, ending the war. In the East, there are two countries: "The South" is a racist puppet regime which collaborates with the Nazis.