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 . . .
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|