The Exegesis: VALIS disguised as outsider art

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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Early 1981

Dick boasts about the literary style and content of his novel VALIS which had recently been published in 1981. He describes the book as a puzzle that deals with the maze of reality. Understand the book and you will understand reality itself. Dick’s “analysis of the logical paradox posed by VALIS is that the narrator is sane and therefore did see Christ: this is the solution to the maze VALIS…”

He paints VALIS as outsider art that questions the nature of the universe and the intentions of God. Its crude appearance though disguises its sophistication. He calls it an avant-garde artistic forgery that only pretends to be a “quasi-psychotic confession,” and one day it will be recognized for what it is.