By Stanisław Lem
This can be a excellent, very humorous publication. an individual acquainted with Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will understand what to anticipate. unfortunately, the less 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 collage Press. They most likely simply acquired the rights in order that they may possibly rock that critical and japanese eu literature.
This is a set of excellent but imaginary reports of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly favourite 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 visible test, now not "retail"...however, if the individual that placed the bounty on it reveals it appropriate, permit me know!)
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And her chipped hand mirror, and her little comb . . Robin son begins to flee his cave-home, no more does he spurn the reef from which Snibbins abused the old, phlegmatic whales. 20 A Perfect Vacuum But things cannot go on like this much longer, and so: let them not. There he is now, hastening to the beach to wait for the great white hulk of the Caryatid, a transatlantic steamer which a storm (very likely also conveniently invented) will be casting up on the leaden, foot-scorching sand covered with the gleam of dying chambered nautili.
What now was still capable of exciting the public’s interest? Trusses, fake humps, gray wigs, a palsied figure in a wheel chair, for only these did not suggest the strain of sex, that onus, that curse, that grind; only these seemed to guarantee protec tion from the erotic threat, hence respite and peace. The gov ernments, aware of the danger, were mobilizing all their forces to save the species. In newspaper columns there were appeals to reason, to a sense of responsibility; clergymen of every faith appeared on television with sublime exhortations and admoni tions, reminding their flocks of higher ideals, but this chorus of authorities was listened to by the general public with little en thusiasm.
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