Brian Aldiss

Barefoot in the Head

Publisher’s Blurb
Barefoot in the Head is outwardly a picture of young dropouts who nowadays play a gaudy and uncertain role in any Western society . . . The central figure, Colin Charteris, is a hippy leader. In his adventures, outré or alarming, lies a commentary on the process behind the contemporary scene. Charteris’s story is the story of Christian Europe bombed back into the stone age of thought and feeling . . .

Brian Says

Psychedelic chemicals, the fruits of the Acid Head War, have turned Europe into a randomised freak-out. Charteris, finding himself taken up as a cult Messiah, believes this imposed image of himself. When he realises that the New Order can only think in terms of old stereotypes, and that in consequence he will probably be crucified, he shakes free of the delusions..

FIRST EDITION: Faber & Faber, 1969

1. Faber & Faber, London, 1969 Hardcover
2. Doubleday, New York, 1970 Hardcover
3. Corgi Books, London, 1971 – reprinted 1974 Paperback
4. as: Barbenet i Hovedet, Gyldendal, Kobenbavn, 1971 Paperback
5. Ace Books, New York, 1972 Paperback
6. Panther, London, 1979 Paperback
7. as: A Cabeza Descalza, Acervo, Barcelona, 1979 – reprinted 1985 Hardcover
8. Avon, New York, 1981 Paperback
9. as: A Cabeza Descalza, Orbis, Barcelona, 1985 Paperback
10. as: Barfuss im Kopf, Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach, 1988 Paperback
11. as: Barfuss im Kopf, Phantasia, Linkenhiem, 1988. A limited, numbered edition of 250 copies. Paperback
12. House of Stratus, London, 2001 Paperback