Download PDF by Stanisław Lem: A perfect vacuum

By Stanisław Lem

ISBN-10: 0151716978

ISBN-13: 9780151716975

It is a excellent, very humorous booklet. a person accustomed to Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will be aware of what to anticipate. unfortunately, the under 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 e-book by way of Northwestern collage Press. They most likely simply got the rights so that they may perhaps rock that valuable and jap ecu literature.

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 commonplace 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 identify, however it is an noticeable test, no longer "retail"...however, if the individual that placed the bounty on it reveals it applicable, allow me know!)

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But we will 51 Gruppenfiihrer Louis XVI attempt in the present discussion to deal as well with the se­ quence of events that Alfred Zellermann implements in his epic. Thus is created— to return to the story— a royal court, with a host of courtiers, knights, clergy, lackeys, and a palace chapel and ballrooms amid the fortress battlements, into which have been transformed the venerable ruins of the Aztec buildings, their rubble rebuilt in a manner architecturally absurd. Having at his side three men blindly loyal to him—Hans Mehrer, Jo­ hann Wieland, and Erich Palatzky (soon they become Cardinal Richelieu, the Due de Rohan, and the Due de Montbazon)— the “ new Louis” manages not only to maintain himself on his bogus throne, but also to shape the life going on about him in accordance with his own designs.

But he well knows that if he cannot rid himself of Snibbins, in whom he took no personal interest whatever during the latter’s tenure as lackey, then surely a scheme to put Wendy Mae out of the way must spell disaster. Her presence in any form is preferable to parting with her: that much is clear. What follows is a tale of degeneration. The nightly washing of the fluffs and frills becomes a sort of sacramental rite. Awak­ ened in the middle of the night, he listens intensely for her breathing. At the same time he knows that now he can at least struggle with himself not to leave his place, not to stretch his hand forth in that direction—but if he were to drive away the little tormentor, ah, that would be the end!

But what does it mean, that some of the chambered nautili contain within them bobby pins, while others in a soft-slimy slurp spit out— at Robinson’s feet— soaked butts of Camels? Do not such signs clearly indicate that even the beach, the sand, the trembling water, and its sheets of foam sliding back into the deep, are likewise no longer part of the material world? But whether this is the case or not, surely the drama that begins upon the beach, where the wreck of the Caryatid, ripped open on the reef with a mon­ strous rumble, spills its unbelievable contents before the danc­ ing Robinson—that drama is entirely real, it is the wail of feelings unrequited.

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