The Dice Man is a 1971 novel by George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. It tells the story of a psychiatrist who begins making life decisions based on the casting of dice. Cockcroft wrote the book based on his own experiences of using dice to make decisions while studying psychology. The novel is noted for its subversion, anti-psychiatry sentiments and for reflecting moods of the early 1970s. Due to its subversive nature and chapters concerned with controversial issues such as rape, murder and sexual experimentation, it was banned in several countries. Upon its initial publication, the cover bore the confident subheader, "Few novels can change your life. This one will" and quickly became a modern cult classic.
The book went through a number of republishings - in the United States it acquired the even more confident subheader "This book will change your life". It was initially not successful in the United States but did better in Europe, particularly England, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.The themes of the book are continued in two other novels, The Search for the Dice Man and Adventures of Wim and a companion title, The Book of the Die.
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