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By Stanisław Lem

It is a excellent, very humorous e-book. a person conversant in Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will comprehend what to anticipate. unfortunately, the under blurb utilized by the writer is sort of meaningless.

This is the Kandel translation. I doubt if he up-to-date the interpretation for the reissue of the publication through Northwestern collage Press. They most likely simply obtained the rights in order that they may perhaps rock that valuable and jap ecu literature.

This is a set of excellent but imaginary experiences of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly known 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 name, however it is an seen experiment, no longer "retail"...however, if the individual that positioned the bounty on it reveals it appropriate, permit me know!)

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Hannahan, on the other hand, did everything himself. Not content merely to create the work, he added reference materials, an apparatus criticus twice its size. In this lies the crucial difference, and not in such circumstances as, for example, the fact that Joyce “ thought up everything on his own,” whereas Hannahan relied on computers hooked up to the Library of Congress (twentythree million volumes). So, I see no way out of the trap into which we have been driven by the murderously meticulous Irishman: either Gigamesh is the crowning achievement of modern literature, or else neither it nor the tale of Finnegan to­ gether with the Joycean Odyssey can be granted admission to literary Olympus.

And through the dark­ ness he feels that small, faint smile of the girl; however, when, fatigued and covered with sweat, he turns over on his hard bed to face the dawn, dissolute and mad thoughts come to him; he begins to imagine what else he might do with Wendy Mae . . something paradisiacal, perhaps? From this we get—in his threshing out of the matter—allusions, through feather stoles and boas, to the Biblical serpent (note, too: servant— serpent), and we have the attempted anagrammatic mutilation of birds to obtain Adam’s rib, which is Eve (note, too: Aves— Eva).

Being completely real, she would have been at the same time unattainable. And this would have allowed him to live and dream of her, for there is a profound difference between a situation in which a man from reality pines after his own dream, and one in which reality lures re­ ality—precisely by its inaccessibility. Only in this second case is it still possible to cherish hope, since now it is the social distance alone, or other, similar barriers, that rule out the chance for the love to be consummated.

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