DYING INSIDE Mass Market Paperback – Sep 12 1973
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“One of those rare novels that manages to be at once dazzling and tender.” ―Michael Chabon on Dying Inside
“Dying Inside is an artist's summit that doubles as an intimate allegory of the artist's quandary.” ―Jonathan Lethem
“Now widely regarded as Robert Silverberg's masterpiece, Dying Inside, first published in 1972, has just been reissued in a handsome trade paperback with a new preface by its author, one of science fiction's most distinguished writers . . . It's insane that Dying Inside should be subtly dismissed as merely a genre classic. This is a superb novel about a common human sorrow, that great shock of middle age -- the recognition that we are all dying inside and that all of us must face the eventual disappearance of the person we have been.” ―Michael Dirda, Washington Post
“Silverberg has written the perfect science fiction novel for people who don't like science fiction.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Dying Inside--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Robert Silverberg (1935 - ) Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is a many-time winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His books and stories have been translated into forty languages. Among his best known titles are Nightwings, Dying Inside, The Book Of Skulls, and the three volumes of the Majipoor Cycle: Lord Valentine's Castle, Majipoor Chronicles and Valentine Pontifex. His collected short stories, covering nearly sixty years of work, are being published in nine volumes by SF Gateway and Subterranean Press. His most recent book is Tales Of Majipoor (2013), a new collection of stories set on the giant world made famous in Lord Valentine's Castle. He and his wife Karen and an assorted population of cats, live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a sprawling house surrounded by exotic plants. For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/silverberg_robert --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Dying Inside is the story of David Selig, an aging New York loafer who is loosing his ability to read minds. The novel takes a non-linear approach to examines Selig's life, flip-floping between his childhood feud with his adopted sister, his uncomfortable friendship with a callous young man with similar powers, his uneasy romance in that uneasy year 1968 and his depressing present, forging term papers for Colombia jocks and losing his powers.
What is remarkable about Dying Inside is that Silverberg writes more about old flames, squandered youth and other ordinary lost opportunities than about special abilities. Silverberg is writing about (and writing about quite well) a person who wasted extraordinary potential, something anyone of a certain age can relate to. The further one reads Dying Inside, the more it becomes apparent that the book is not about superpowers but about life and aging from a unique perspective. For science fiction lovers or fans or anyone merely looking for a good novel, Dying Inside is sure to be a winner.
There is a humorous account of ten-year-old David with a child psychologist. Selig and Silverberg clearly have no use for the field of psychology. He amuses himself with the psychologist: given the Rorschach inkblot test he tells the quack the first things that pops into the psychologist's mind. He sees that the doctor thinks that the solution to his psychological problems is that he have a sibling and recites these thoughts verbatim back to him.
If one takes the loss of telepathy as a metaphor for the loss of youth and the realization that one is no longer young, then this book becomes an examination of the horror of facing one's own decline and eventual demise. There comes a time in everyone's life when you realize that you are getting old, that you are not going to live forever. You become aware of physical decline or gray hair or mental lapses that signal the coming of advancing age. Hemingway said that any story, if taken to it's logical conclusion, ends in death.Read more ›