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The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy Book 1) by [Stanislaw Lem]
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The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"One of the most intelligent, erudite, and comic writers working today." -Anthony Burgess
In a firsthand account, Lem's hapless cosmonaut Ijon Tichy tells warped tales from the civilizations he discovers in a deep space galaxy so unlike our own that concepts of science, the rational mind, human progress, the sanctity of life, and motherhood all no longer apply. In their place, Tichy finds sadomasochistic robots who speak a dialect much like Chaucerian English, killer potatoes with an appetite for spacecraft, and robot theologians who are being relentlessly persecuted by creators who have renounced their original faith. Full of the intellectual satire for which Stanislaw Lem is esteemed, The Star Diaries speaks volumes about contemporary society in its depiction of highly bizarre, faraway, futuristic worlds.

"A Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics..." --New York Times
Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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The Polish sf writer's Star Diaries is a crazy-quilt collection of pieces written, according to Kandel, "over a period of twenty years" and published in 1971. They present the voyages of Ijon Tichy, an incomparable and apparently indestructible fathead who is to the future what J. Wesley Smith (of the immortal cartoon "Through History With...") was to the past. Tichy bumbles and stumbles around the cosmos running out of gas between stars, sneaking around in cybernetic drag on a planet of mad robots, trying to duplicate himself (in a tail-chasing time loop near a "gravitational vortex") long enough to do a two-man rudder repair job, botching up the course of human events in a history-salvaging operation. Lem veers between joyous slapstick, freewheeling satire, and insanely involuted logical paradoxes - with surprisingly serious excursions into issues of will and faith. Funny, unexpected, tantalizing. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 4053 KB
  • Publication date : July 18, 2012
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 288 pages
  • Publisher : Mariner Books (July 18, 2012)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B008R2JCT8
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