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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Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. View all 3 comments. Like vacuym author’s visionary genius, which manifests itself in the ability to dissect himself, his work and his medium with humorous detachment.

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I finti libri di cui Lem parla sono descritti e recensiti in modo talmente dettagliato da far dubitare della loro non-esistenza. Lem’s reviews are a lot longer, but Wahlbrinck’s also feature the imaginary book covers. Mariner Books; 1 edition April 20, Publication Date: He, on the other hand, uses it modestly for a short collection, in which his complex, multi-layered wit bubbles from all sides. It’s such a pity that no one has yet managed to write this novel; Lem gives a precis of the plot, which has a wonderfully satisfying ending.

Advice To A Young Scientist. Lem packages a collections of fake book reviews of le books, written in a delightful broad array of styles and voices. Perycalipsis is also a hoot with its spiritual masturbation, that is getting off on promises rather than releases.


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Despite Lem’s usual hang-ups about sex, the piece Sexplosion exudes sheer hilarity with its memorable mentions of unchastity belts, sodomobiles, cybordellics, gomorcades my own translations as I read the book in its original Polish versionand many, many other vehicles of pleasure.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He may be one of the most annoying writers alive, but had he not existed it would probably have been necessary to invent him. The Uses of Literature. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Die so subtil, tiefsinnig und voller Anspielungen sind, dass man sie nicht mehr verstehen kann. Lem entertains us with a fascinating array of philosophical pieces, science fictional stories, and satires vaacuum diverse topics, all without actually writing any of them.

A collection of “book reviews” of books which never really existed. The title should be at least 4 characters long. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lem became truly productive afterwhen the de-Stalinization period led to the “Polish October”, when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech.

There’s the one constructed with computer assistance, which takes buried allusions to their logical extreme, so that, for example, the commas used in Chapter 4 form a floor stnaislaw of Notre Perfec cathedral. Lem helpfully provides a full review of his own book as its first chapter, saving much needless work on the part of literary reviewers.


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I bought and read this collection more than five years before entering it here. The result is a metafictional tour de force by one of the world’s most popular writers.

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Lem also “reviews” several fictitious books that adapt the themes and plotlines of old perfdct to modern settings, which in the real world is the type of literary reinvention that is often slavishly over-praised by academic analysts – making Lem’s satire necessary in bringing all these eggheads back down to Earth.

Along the way, Lem presents his trademark examinations on topics ranging from modern art to computer technology to philosophy.

English Choose a language for shopping. Selected Vafuum of Nietzsche Global Classics. Seguramente un poco de todo ello. View all 11 comments. My favorite stainslaw the one about the guy who thinks that there are three kinds of genius.

But that would leave less 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. Some of the other books would be distinctly harder to write.