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Barefoot in the Head
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Barefoot in the Head Volume 46
Barefoot in the Head

Brian Aldiss
Issued: December 1990
VGSF Classics
ISBN 0575041811
Cover illustration by Fred Gambino
240 pages

First published by Faber and Faber in 1969.

A fixup novel based on:

  • Just Passing Through (1967)
  • Multi-Value Motorway (1967)
  • Still Trajectories (1967)
  • Auto-Ancestral Fracture (1967)
  • The Serpent of Kundalini (1968)
  • Drake-Man Route (1968)
  • Ouspenski's Astrabahn (1968)
Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
The old world has gone, but its shell remains in place. One day soon, there will come a breath of wind, a new messiah, the shell will crumble, and the kids will run streaming, screaming, barefoot in the head, through lush imaginary meadows. What a time to be young!

After the PCA bombs dropped with their hallucinatory load, Europe became a disintegrating world, populated by a traumatised people with a new catalogue of confusing and contradictory images. In this drug-distorted nightmare Colin Charteris finds himself proclaimed a saviour and a hero, leading a crusade he neither understands nor can hope to win, a cause that carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction . . .

"Mirrors fantastically the violence and destruction of our times . . . an extraordinary book - a dark, sombre, sustained vision . . . dense and powerful"
- The Listener

"An extremely urgent criticism of life in the present"
- Daily Telegraph

"Extraordinarily inventive"
- Oxford Mail

"The kind of breakthrough which crushes criticism with admiration"
- Western Mail

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