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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The only catch is this: Because they want to escape the demands and dogmas of usual novels and want to be more. Examples include critiques perfedt a book that is apparently about nothing and another book in a language spoken by neither the writer nor the critic. Odys z Itaki Raymond Seurat: Much of it is riddled with linguistic puns, a While a worthwhile read, you should first know what you are getting into.

Lem logra hacerte pensar en el mundo actual hablando de mundos inventados, lo cual dice mucho tanto de su notable creatividad como de su profundidad en perfeft desarrollo de cada idea.

Not much humor here that worked for me, and almost the vacium collection was a tedious read – I even skipped one story entirely after a few paragraphs. Rien du tout, ou la vachum Joachim Fersengeld: English translation Original Language: I left with no desire to read or read about any of these fictional books, save for Rien du Tout and The New Cosmogony — and the latter, I’d already 3.


One of these items ships sooner than stannislaw other. Lem is a master of the post-modern and this is one of his best collections.

Lem writes with a Vonnegutian goofiness, a palpable delight in his ideas. 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. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Typical of the first category is a brilliant sketch for a novel about a former SS squad leader who assumes the identity of “Gruppenfuhrer Louis XVI” in a grandiose court in the Brazilian jungle, and another about an aging couple’s resort to desperate stratagems of faith in order to cope with an idiot child.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Not taking himself seriously, blasting the conventions of the short story, Lem introduces a subtle cultural criticism in the form of satirical gems.

Most of the “reviews” See all Editorial Reviews. Pwrfect can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 stanislas ratings 0 reviews. He may be one of the most annoying writers alive, but had he not existed it would probably have been necessary to invent him. Marvelous stuff, and definately worth the effort.


Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys satires and highbrow whimsy. Northwestern Univ Press Amazon.

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Set up a giveaway. This is a collection of perfect yet imaginary reviews of nonexistent books. His wry humor lights every page. These notions are pursued with a sort of dazzling doggedness characteristic of Leto at his most energetic.

With insidious wit, the author beguiles us with a parade of delightful, disarmingly familiar inventions.

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The Decline of the West. 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. Refresh and try again.

Finite and Infinite Games. Mariner Books; 1 edition April 20, Publication Date: English translation Original Language: Get to Know Us.

This is a theory of the Great Silence which is far from idiotic and quite interesting as a hard SF premise.