Editorial Reviews. Review. “I suspect,” intones one of Lem’s supposed reviewers, “that there A Perfect Vacuum 1st Edition, Kindle Edition. by. In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature – works that, in many cases, could not possibly be . Like the Perfect Vacuum of the title, the books that seem to be reviewed in this book do not exist. neither, in an odd way, does “Lem” as a reviewer; in the first.

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A Robinson Crusoe story featuring a solipsist; a book written to fight the “lies” of fiction by being written only in a negative form ; an incredible book containing references on references, creating worlds inside words, that makes the Ulysses seem like child’s play And the introduction is absolutely priceless. Lem helpfully provides a full review of his own book as its first chapter, saving much needless work on the part of literary reviewers. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

But a fundamental, serious mistake in the methodical working of the writer, which deserves no praise. Many of the works he describes sound SO interesting, but wholly impossible as realistic books. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Here Lem offers up an explanation for the Great Silence: I’ll definitely be looking to read more of Lem. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Account Options Sign in. Meanwhile, some brutal social satire an underappreciated strength of many of Lem’s proper novels pops up in his “reviews” of fictitious fictional works.


Vacuu, to Know Us. Examples include critiques of a book that is apparently about nothing and another book in a language spoken by neither the writer nor the critic.

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Dalla teoria dei giochi al grado zero della scrittura, dalla corte seicentesca di esuli nazisti in Sudamerica ai servizi esistenziali a pagamento, metamorfosi, profezia e cosmogonia si intersecano e si riflettono l’una dentro l’altra in un continuum di episodi e racconti costruiti con disarmonico e spaventoso umanesimo.

Aug 18, Jesse rated it really liked it Shelves: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. All the while, Lem satirizes the ridiculousness of such endeavors with ironically overblown professor-isms like “The self-novel is a partial striptease; the antinovel, ipso facto, is alas a form of autocastration. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

Oct 30, John Jr. The Bars of Atlantis. This book starts out wacky and only gets weirder as it goes.

His wry humor lights every page. Perhaps I needed to know more science and philosophy to understand his humor. Along vafuum way, Lem presents his trademark examinations on topics ranging from modern art to computer technology to philosophy.

The Summa is notable for being a unique analysis of prospective social, cybernetic, and biological advances. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates stainslaw seller support? A Night of Serious Drinking. Lem became truly productive afterwhen the de-Stalinization period led to the “Polish October”, when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech.


ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The Lost Art of Losing. Unfortunately, I was not so amazed with the sci-fi themed sections of the book, though I’ve been enjoyed Lem’s works for many years stanslaw Borges too. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. This is a fantastic anthology of 16 reviews concerning non-existing books.

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Those are so subtle, profound and full of conclusions that one can not understand them anymore. This book often seems to be the work of boring over-analytical ivory-tower scientists and snobs, but pem exactly who Lem is satirizing, in a sly fashion that would probably go right over their lofty heads.

From then on, we find ourselves in a wonderful world where fully original ideas are explored in just a couple of pages. Like the author’s x genius, which manifests itself in the ability to dissect himself, his work and his medium with humorous detachment.

Nevertheless they are completely real to themselves; they build their culture, philosophy and even religion that seeks to embrace the Creator of their Universe.