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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These fictitious reviews are broad enough in scope that there is likely something in there to enjoy, admire and also be dragged to boredom.

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I was introduced to Lem through the Special Collections librarrian at UWM, as a means to formulate imaginary works which is the cornerstone of my thesis. It would be impossible for a book to contain less sex; it’s just unusually explicit about specifying which acts did not occur.

The hero of the fictitious book sets out to find evidence of first-class geniuses. He gained international fame for The Cyberiada series of humorous short stories from a mechanical universe ruled by robots, first published in English in Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Any older Polish reader will immediately recognize this as satire on the so-called communist government in Poland that created an artificial reality for the citizens.


Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? See all 11 reviews. Learn more about Amazon Prime. But not in unison as a masterpiece or, in literature, as a timeless classic.

Although a big fan of Lem’s, I was disappointed by this book.

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Lem presents the author’s clear and convincing explanation that his existence is a result of chains of events so improbable that it staniwlaw not at all possible for him to exist. The Summa is notable for being a unique analysis of prospective social, cybernetic, and biological advances. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. A collection of “book reviews” of books which never really existed.

A Perfect Vacuum

Letters to Solovine, — 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. Il letterato si affligge per il fatto di non poter essere contemporaneamente scrittore e uomo in senso completo, ossia serio e onesto.

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 s interesting thoughts on those same topics. Getting a grip on these stanislqw levels of satire is the key to understanding Lem’s purpose in this book. I forget when I discovered Lem – in college? In A Perfect VacuumStanislaw Lem steps outside of his fictional comfort zone to try his hand at reviewing the literature of others.

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Seguramente un poco de todo ello. Bizarrely, the proponents of such controversial works regard the accessible works of trivial literature as unworthy. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points!

Lem became truly productive afterwhen the de-Stalinization period led to the “Polish October”, when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech.

None of these books have actually been published—or even written—he just made them up. If you like this, try Julian barnes: Perycalipsis is also a hoot with its spiritual masturbation, that is getting off on promises rather than releases. When you finish this book your imagination will have expanded exponentially. Because psrfect want to escape the demands and dogmas of usual novels and want to be more.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It is a densely packed collection of the bizarre, improbable, comic The Nothing that Is.

Here Lem offers up an explanation for the Stanislad Silence: Lem also shows the reduction of a book to its essential essence, a compelling case of reverse engineering. Nevertheless they are completely real to themselves; they build their culture, philosophy and even religion that seeks to embrace the Creator of their Universe.

Or, for that matter, the Strugatsky brothers, who are Russian?