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By Stanisław Lem

ISBN-10: 0151716978

ISBN-13: 9780151716975

This can be a excellent, very humorous e-book. a person conversant in Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will understand what to anticipate. unfortunately, the lower than blurb utilized by the writer is nearly meaningless.

This is the Kandel translation. I doubt if he up-to-date the interpretation for the reissue of the booklet via Northwestern college Press. They most likely simply obtained the rights in order that they might rock that crucial and japanese eu literature.

This is a set of excellent but imaginary studies of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly regular innovations. "Lem is Harpo Marx and Franz Kafka and Isaac Asimov rolled up into one and down the white rabbit's hole" (Detroit News). A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

(there is a request for this Lem identify, however it is an visible experiment, now not "retail"...however, if the individual that positioned the bounty on it unearths it applicable, allow me know!)

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From the Italian giga through the French gigue we arrive at geigen, a slang expres­ sion in German for copulation. For lack of space we must forgo any further etymological exposition. A different parti­ tioning of the name, in the form of Gi-GAME-sh, foreshadows other aspects of the work: GAME is a game played, but also the quarry of a hunt (in Maesch’s case, we have a manhunt). This is not all. , “ synchroMESH” ) . A separate section is devoted to the title read backward, because during the ride to the place of execution Maesch in his thoughts reaches back, seeking the memory of a crime so mon­ strous that it will redeem the hanging.

And it was pre­ cisely in this that he failed. Do you know now, have you guessed why? The answer could not be simpler: because Wendy Mae, unlike any queen, knew of Robinson and loved him. She had no desire to become the vestal goddess, and this division drove the hero to his ruin. If it were only he that loved her, bah! But she returned his feelings. . Whoever does not understand this simple truth, whoever believes, as our grand­ fathers were instructed by their Victorian governesses, that we are able to love others, but not ourselves in those others, would do better not to open this mournful romance that Monsieur Coscat has vouchsafed us.

And so Robinson, seeing what must be done, sets to work— that is, the establishment on the island of an entire, imaginary society. It is this that will stand between him and the girl; this that will throw up a system of obstacles and thus provide that impassable distance from which he will be able to love her, to desire her continually—no longer exposed to any mundane circumstance, as, for example, the urge to stretch out his hand and feel her body. He realizes—he must—that if he yields but once in the struggle waged against himself, if he attempts to feel her, the whole world that he has created will, in that bat of an eye, crumble.

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A perfect vacuum by Stanisław Lem

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