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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The piece also contains a hilarious passage about an author who wrote Don Quixote from the scratch and obtained exactly the same text as the one produced by Cervantes.

I mean, yeah, I do want to read reviews of books that don’t exist.

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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In this work, Lem discusses philosophical implications of technologies that were completely in the realm of science fiction then, but are gaining importance today—like, for instance, virtual reality and nanotechnology. Read more Read less.

The most significant wound, which Lem continues to tear open with relish, are the so elevated works that alienate themselves. One person found this helpful. Get to Know Us. The Chain of Chance.

Alcuni verrebbe anche voglia di leggerli, se soltanto esistessero. The distillation of the short story driven to sarcastic perfection Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

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Northwestern University Press- Fiction – pages. Want to Read saving…. Polish –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. At universities the incomprehensible works of new luminaries raised.

A Night of Serious Drinking. The damage in form of lifelong aversions against reading is primarily caused by such machinations. Product details File Size: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Getting a grip on these multiple levels of satire is the key ldm understanding Lem’s purpose in this book. This is a theory of the Great Silence which is far from idiotic and quite interesting as a hard SF premise. The anthology features such diverse topics as literature, language, music, art, movies, travel, famous people, and science.


April 20, Imprint: Get fast, free shipping with Leem Prime. Lem entertains us with a perect array of philosophical pieces, science fictional stories, and satires of diverse topics, all without actually writing any of them.

Stanislaw Lem – A Perfect Vacuum

A collection of fake book reviews could run into the same sort of problem. Because they want to escape the demands and dogmas of usual novels and want to be more.

But most of the book is in fact taken up with ideas “from which the author shrank. 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.

This book often seems to be the work of boring over-analytical ivory-tower scientists and snobs, but that’s exactly who Lem is satirizing, in a sly fashion that would probably go right over their lofty heads.

If dry academic humor is not your thing, you probably already know from reading descriptions that you should not read this book, so I can address fellow aficionados. Read reviews that mention perfect vacuum stanislaw lem collection ideas exist fictional philosophical science topics.

Imagine music or paintings made with that mentality. Account Options Sign in. Rien du tout ou la consequence. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Weil sie sich den Vorgaben und Dogmen normaler Romane entziehen und mehr sein wollen. If this model itself is to remain noncontradictory, it calls for the application, in the form of a metalogic, of a totally different type of reasoning from that which is natural to the logic of the one created.

Lem entertains us with a fascinating array of philosophical pieces, science fictional stories, and satires of diverse topics, all without actually writing any of them. In several “reviews” here, he skewers literary criticism by pretending to be an exaggerated version of an academic critic, first by vacumu his own nonexistent longwinded introduction to this stanizlaw, then by over-analyzing his fictitious books to the point of solipsism.


You know that problem in books and films where the plot hinges on stamislaw brilliance of an artist character but that character’s work can’t actually be shown or even described because it would shatter the illusion? Along the way, Lem presents his trademark examinations on topics ranging from modern art to computer technology to philosophy. Some people claim Lem wrote this book because he was stanoslaw lazy to write all the books himself, so he just reviewed them.

The reason was that I wanted to refresh my memory of the story “Non Serviam,” which I had first encountered in the 90s, as research for something I was considering writing. Lem was by far the most favorite author of my youth, some 35 to 55 years ago, and I have been worrying that in re-reading his works my enthusiasm may ” [ His works explore philosophical themes; speculation on technology, the nature of intelligence, the impossibility of mutual communication and understanding, despair about human limitations and humankind’s place in the universe.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. An impressive book that shows how Lem was one of the world’s most original and intelligent writers. Jun 30, Betawolf rated it really liked it Shelves: Between andLem authored 17 books.

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Much of it is riddled with linguistic puns, and silly intellectual wordplay. Typical of sranislaw first category is a brilliant sketch for a novel about a former SS squad leader who assumes the identity of “Gruppenfuhrer Louis XVI” in a grandiose court in the Brazilian jungle, and another about an aging couple’s resort to desperate stratagems of faith in order to cope with an idiot child. Lem presents the author’s clear and convincing explanation that his existence is a result of chains of events so improbable that it is not at all possible for him to exist.