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by Michael Kandel,Stanislaw Lem

eBook A Perfect Vacuum ePub
Author: Michael Kandel,Stanislaw Lem
Language: English
ISBN: 0810117339
ISBN13: 978-0810117334
Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (November 25, 1999)
Pages: 229
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 531
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ePub file: 1334 kb
Fb2 file: 1924 kb

An impressive book that shows how Lem was one of the world's most original and intelligent writers

An impressive book that shows how Lem was one of the world's most original and intelligent writers. From then on, we find ourselves in a wonderful world where fully original ideas are explored in just a couple of pages.

A perfect vacuum, Stanisław Lem ; translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel. p. cm. ISBN 0-8101-1733-9 (pa. : alk. paper). Pedantry or a joke, this methodicalness?

A Perfect Vacuum (Polish: Doskonała próżnia) is a 1971 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem, the largest and best known collection of Stanislaw Lem's fictitious criticism of nonexisting books.

A Perfect Vacuum (Polish: Doskonała próżnia) is a 1971 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem, the largest and best known collection of Stanislaw Lem's fictitious criticism of nonexisting books. It was translated into English by Michael Kandel

Michael Kandel (born December 24, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American translator and author of science fiction. Kandel received a doctorate in Slavistics from Indiana University.

Michael Kandel (born December 24, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American translator and author of science fiction. Kandel is perhaps best known for his translations of the works of Stanisław Lem from Polish to English.

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

Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results, lampooning the movement's self-indulgence and exploiting its mannerisms.

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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 written. Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results, lampooning the movement's self-indulgence and exploiting its mannerisms.Beginning with a review of his own book, Lem moves on to tackles (or create pastiches of) the French new novel, James Joyce, pornography, authorless writing, and Dostoevsky, while at the same time ranging across scientific topics, from cosmology to the pervasiveness of computers. The result is a metafictional tour de force by one of the world's most popular writers.
Vudogal
A collection of "book reviews" of books which never really existed. This book starts out wacky and only gets weirder as it goes. It's awesome. Because the books *don't* really exist, there is more summarization of the supposed content than there would be in real reviews, and less analysis/opinion... that's my only objection to it, and that only on grounds of realism -- it doesn't affect how much fun the book is to read.

And the introduction is absolutely priceless. I won't ruin it by saying a single word more about it, but do not skip over it, whatever you do.
Fordg
I’m a fan of Stanisław Lem, his writing is witty and engaging, and the book’s description sounded interesting. I was disappointed. Not much humor here that worked for me, and almost the entire collection was a tedious read - I even skipped one story entirely after a few paragraphs. Not nearly as good as the other Lem books I’ve read. Not recommended.
Goltikree
An impressive book that shows how Lem was one of the world's most original and intelligent writers. A collection of reviews of (mostly) impossible books that begins with a review of a certain "A Perfect Vacuum"; we are left to wonder if Lem is referring to his own work or just creating another one in a series of perfectly delightful reviews for books that never were. From then on, we find ourselves in a wonderful world where fully original ideas are explored in just a couple of pages. A Robinson Crusoe story featuring a solipsist; a book written to fight the "lies" of fiction (by being written only in a negative form); an incredible book containing references on references, creating worlds inside words, that makes the Ulysses seem like child's play... When you finish this book your imagination will have expanded exponentially. Welcome to Lem's world.
Fonceiah
A book entirely about other books, none of which are real. 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. Lem is a master of the post-modern and this is one of his best collections.
Anicasalar
Here Stanislaw Lem embarks on a pretty unique method of satire - reviews of nonexistent books. Most interestingly, Lem takes the opportunity to advance his own ideas on technology, ethics, and logic while satirizing both writers and the literary criticism establishment. Getting a grip on these multiple levels of satire is the key to understanding Lem's purpose in this book. In several "reviews" here, he skewers literary criticism by pretending to be an exaggerated version of an academic critic, first by criticizing his own nonexistent longwinded introduction to this book, then by over-analyzing his fictitious books to the point of solipsism. Examples include critiques of a book that is apparently about nothing and another book in a language spoken by neither the writer nor the critic. 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." Just like you would find in any literary critique written by a professor wishing to impress no one but another professor - a phenomenon that deserves to be satirized.

Lem also "reviews" several fictitious books that adapt the themes and plotlines of old classics 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. In other "reviews" here, Lem provides commentary on the fictitious scientific and philosophical theories of his fake writers, providing him with a very sneaky method of advancing his always interesting thoughts on those same topics. Meanwhile, some brutal social satire (an underappreciated strength of many of Lem's proper novels) pops up in his "reviews" of fictitious fictional works. 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. [~doomsdayer520~]
Mustard Forgotten
This is a fantastic anthology of 16 reviews concerning non-existing books. Some people claim Lem wrote this book because he was too lazy to write all the books himself, so he just reviewed them.
The idea has been picked up by Bernd Wahlbrinck in "Fabulous Books Looking for an Author", comprising 44 reviews of books which also do not exist. The anthology features such diverse topics as literature, language, music, art, movies, travel, famous people, and science. Lem's reviews are a lot longer, but Wahlbrinck's also feature the imaginary book covers.
Both anthologies are a treat.
Cenneel
I forget when I discovered Lem - in college? -- but A PERFECT VACUUM remains one of my favorite works and I'm delighted it's still in print (it may have been out of print once). Lem packages a collections of fake book reviews of nonexistent books, written in a delightful broad array of styles and voices. His wry humor lights every page. He includes a scathing review of his own book !! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys satires and highbrow whimsy. (If you like this, try Julian barnes: Foucault's Parrot, or,History of the world in 10.5 chapters.
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