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The Man in the High Castle

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The Man in the High Castle, first editionFirst edition
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First publication

Literary form

Science fiction, alternative history

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 90,000 words

Notable lines

For a week Mr. R. Childan had been anxiously watching the mail.

— First lines

"Listen. You're very good. You cut my aorta. Artery in my neck."

Giggling, she clapped her hand to her mouth. "Oh God—you're such a freak. I mean, you get words all wrong. The aorta's in your chest; you mean the carotid."


Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane.


We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope. Falling into an interminable ennui.


On the way downtown I stopped at a bar and had a couple of double Scotches. They didn't do me any good. All they did was make me think of Silver Wig, and I never saw her again.

— Last lines


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