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By Stanisław Lem

ISBN-10: 0151716978

ISBN-13: 9780151716975

This can be a excellent, very humorous e-book. a person conversant in Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will be aware of what to anticipate. unfortunately, the lower 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 ebook by means of Northwestern college Press. They most likely simply received the rights so that they might rock that relevant and jap ecu literature.

blurb:
This is a suite of excellent but imaginary studies of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly widely used 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

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(there is a request for this Lem name, however it is an visible experiment, no longer "retail"...however, if the individual that positioned the bounty on it unearths it appropriate, permit me know!)

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The Prix Femina that year went to a novel about a character who first smeared the floor with truffle paste, then licked it clean, after having wallowed his fill in spaghetti. The ideal of beauty also has changed: the thing now is to be a two-hundred-and-ninetypound butterball, for this attests to uncommon ability on the part of the alimentary canal. Changes have taken place in fash­ ion as well, and it is generally impossible to distinguish women from men by their dress. , the digestive processes.

It is this that will stand between him and the girl; this that will throw up a system of obstacles and thus provide that impassable distance from which he will be able to love her, to desire her continually—no longer exposed to any mundane circumstance, as, for example, the urge to stretch out his hand and feel her body. He realizes—he must—that if he yields but once in the struggle waged against himself, if he attempts to feel her, the whole world that he has created will, in that bat of an eye, crumble.

Was it true, as some said, that a stockpile of Nosex blew up as the result of a short circuit, a fire, and a tank of ether? Or did there come into play here a move on the part of the industrial enemies of the three corporations that controlled the market? Or, then again, did some subversive organization—reactionary or religious—possibly have a hand in it? We are not told. Wearied by his trek through the miles of vaults, the old man takes a seat on the smooth knees of a plastic Cleopatra, but not before pulling her brake, and his thoughts travel back, as to the edge of a precipice, to the Crash of 1998.

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