The Folio Society will be publishing a new edition of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle! Considered by many to be Dick’s greatest novel, this edition features the work of artist Shanghai-born Shan Jiang, lead illustrator at the design group Shotopop. His graphic images, strongly influenced by Japanese manga, channels the text’s melding of cultures.
We’re thrilled to share the full cover below, plus some of Jiang’s interior illustrations!
With The Man in the High Castle, Dick conjured a new vision of our world in which the Axis Powers have won the Second World War. America is divided between the eastern United States—a puppet of the German Reich’s regime of madness and brutality—and the western Pacific seaboard, which is governed by a militaristic and spiritual Japanese dictatorship. A group of seemingly unremarkable people play out their everyday lives, and as their narratives intersect, Dick poses larger metaphysical questions concerning the authentication of history, perception, and the building blocks of destiny.
In her introduction to the new edition, Ursula K. Le Guin says:
“When the book came out, there was a smell of gunpowder in it, the whiff of revolution.”
“Sometimes awkward, sometimes obscure, thoroughly unpredictable—literally plotted by the chance fall of coins or yarrow sticks, yet ultimately controlled and driven by rational, moral purpose—this novel continues to fascinate both the critical interpreter and the common reader. It may be the first big, lasting contribution science fiction made to American literature.”
The Folio Society edition of The Man in the High Castle will be available May 12th.