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Dick ❅ – Danpashley.co.uk Policías y criminales han sido siempre las dos caras de una misma moneda pero ningún novelista ha sabido explorar esta perversa simbiosis como Philip K Ictiva y letal Sustancia D Para ello Fred se adentra en un mundo donde resulta difícil diferenciar la realidad de los sueños y se sumerge en un juego perverso con Bob en el ue será a la vez cazador y presa hasta ue la pesadilla culmina con un sorprendente enfren In 1971 Philip K Dick's fourth wife Nancy left him and took their little daughter with her Dick was left alone in a four bedroom house in Santa Venetia ‘in a state of complete desolation and despair and suicidally depressed’ as he later put it In an attempt to surround himself with life and activity he turned the property into a kind of open house for what he called ‘street people’ – drug users that he knew through his amphetamine habit although many of them were on much harder drugs than he wasDick's new housemates stopped him from killing himself but a lot of them weren't so lucky themselves ‘Toward the start of 1972’ he remembered ‘I woke up one day and noticed that all my friends either were dead had burned out brains were psychotic or all of the above’ And these were people he had become very close to; indeed he thought he was in love with one of themThis was the genesis of A Scanner Darkly in which Dick grounding his metaphysical speculations in the real environment of the California doper scene finally produced an out and out masterpiece The novel's motivation is hinted at when its protagonist looks around at the drug addicts and drop outs around himIn wretched little lives like that someone must intervene Or at least mark their sad comings and goings Mark and if possible permanently record so they'll be remembered For a better day later on when people will understandThis is the colossal impulse of sympathy animating the book Though it's obviously and openly about the California of the late 60s Scanner is set by genre convention in the then future of 1994 a distancing techniue that Dick uses merely to blow up contemporary issues Characters still use 60s slang uote Timothy Leary watch Easy Rider and listen to Hendrix and Janis Joplin on cassette; but they do it in a society where 60s paranoia about a ‘police state’ has been realised where surveillance technology is advanced and all pervasive and where anyone even your best friend could be a narc in disguiseOur main character is one of them As Agent Fred he is responsible for infiltrating and monitoring a house full of drug addicts using hand wavy technology which means that no one even his superiors knows what he really looks or sounds like His bosses tell him to focus on one guy in particular Bob Arctor not realising that Bob Arctor is Fred himselfThe problem is that FredBob is taking a lot of drugs in the line of duty and he starts to become unsure of his real identity As Bob wandering about his house he frets paranoically about the possibility of surveillance euipment in the walls; as Fred he studies the tapes of Bob's activity and wonders who this guy is and what he's hiding As the book goes on the two increasingly fracture into separate entitiesWhat's great about this is that Dick has always been fascinated by identity crisis and ontological instability; but whereas in previous books these are generated by sci fi magic here they are all rooted in a real evaluation of what drug addiction does to the human brain Indeed he saw A Scanner Darkly as being essentially his great anti drug novel telling friends he wanted it to do for hard drugs what All uiet on the Western Front did for warI don't see it working uite that way; to me its genius is not located in its moral message which is anyway not as strong or unambiguous as I think Dick thought it was Unlike most of his other novels it's also very funny There is a great ear for dialogue in this book with whole conversations reproduced very naturally – you feel like you're eavesdropping on these people as they crack jokes talk bullshit get confused freak out get high and negotiate relationships“You want a ride where you're going”“You'll bang me in the car”“No” he said “I can't get it on right now these last couple of weeks It must be something they're adulterating all the stuff with Some chemical”“That's a neat o line but I've heard it before Everybody bangs me” She amended that “Tries to anyhow That's what it's like to be a chick I'm suing one guy in court right now for molestation and assault We're asking punitive damages in excess of forty thousand”“How far'd he get”Donna said “Got his hand around my boob”“That isn't worth forty thousand” Scanner is full of great scenes many of which can make you feel acute sadness and laughter all at the same time It's also one of the best portraits of this milieu that I've read and holds its own alongside other products of the 60s US counterculture –  The Crying of Lot 49 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test In some ways the patina of science fiction means it does a better job of explaining it all than any of themAnd as the title warns you it's not an upbeat tale It spirals into a dark place and then leaves you there In a heartbreaking Afterword Dick lists the friends he knew at that time and records the damage that was done to them One of the names is his own Most of the others simply say ‘deceased’We really all were very happy for a while sitting around not toiling but just bullshitting and playing but it was for such a terribly brief time and then the punishment was beyond belief; even when we could see it we could not believe it These were comrades whom I had; there are no better They remain in my mind and the enemy will never be forgiven‘You won't believe how screwed up reality is actually John until you read SCANNER’ Dick wrote to a friend; ‘I had no idea myself’ You can feel that shock reverberating through the novel alongside his curiosity his sympathy his horror It's like all his gifts and obsessions finally had something real through which to be refracted – and the results may be dark but they're also brilliant

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A Scanner DarklyPolicías y criminales han sido siempre las dos caras de una misma moneda pero ningún novelista ha sabido explorar esta perversa simbiosis como Philip K Dick Fred es el agente de policía encargo de investigar y detener a Bob Arctor peligroso y traficante de la ad I used to wonder how Phillip K Dick came up with all the trippy concepts in his stories until I read A Scanner Darkly That’s when I realized that the drugs probably had a lot to do with itOriginally published in 1977 and set in the mid ‘90s the book tells the story of Bob Arctor Arctor appears to be just another burned out druggie who lives with a couple of other dopers and they spend most of their time getting high on Substance D and assorted other drugs Bob is actually an undercover narc for the Orange County CA sheriff’s department and in the future the cops undercover are in so deep that even their bosses don’t know who they really are Arctor wears a special scramble suit that blurs his features and voice when reporting to his boss Hank who also wears a scramble suit to conceal his identityBob has been trying to buy bigger uantities of Substance D from Donna a spacey hash addict so that he can work his way to the source but he’s actually fallen in love with her even though she refuses to sleep with him He gets a tricky new assignment when Hank orders him to start keeping tabs on a new target; Bob Arctor Since he can’t reveal his identity Arctor has to play out the fiction that he’s investigating himself but his brains have gotten so slushed from Substance D that he’s having a hard time keeping track of who he actually isBob’s increasing confusion about identity and reality is the kind of theme that Dick specialized in and Bob’s progressive meltdown is some of my favorite writing he did regarding that However while this has a thin veneer of sci fi over it with the story being set in what was the near future it‘s actually a chillingly realistic look at drug abuse Dick spent a couple of years in the early ’70s where he ran with the Just Say Yes crowd and this book is a semi autobiographical account of that time Where it really shines is in its portrayal of the drug culture with long sections dedicated to things like an addict who begins seeing bugs everywhere or a botched suicide attempt that turns into a psychedelic eternity of recrimination for past sins The long rambling conversations with Bob and his fellow druggies are darkly hilarious in that they show a kind of weird creativity while also being completely devoid of logic and apt to go in paranoid directions For example a problem with a car eventually leads to their certainty that the cops have planted drugs in the house and that the only solution is to sell the placeDick does a masterful job of showing how people could end up living in a perpetual haze while ignoring the long term damage being done even as they see their own friends die or get turned into little than vegetables by their own behavior As he puts it their sin was in wanting to play all the time but the penalty was far harsher than they deserved On a side note I also loved the movie version of this done by Richard Linklater that featured a hand drawn rotoscope process over filmed scenes to give it a feeling of realistic unreality Robert Downey Jr and Woody Harrelson give great performances as Bob’s druggie housemates and Keanu Reeves was born to play the brain fried Arctor