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ISBN13: 9780156849050
ISBN10: 0156849054
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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.

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"One of the most intelligent, erudite, and comic writers working today." Anthony Burgess

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"A Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics." New York Times

Synopsis:

Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Stanislaw Lem (1921–2006) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical, and satirical writer. His books have been translated into 41 languages and sold over 27 million copies. At one point he was the most widely read non-English language science fiction author in the world.

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Twelvelions, August 11, 2008 (view all comments by Twelvelions)
My wife, an avid reader, read this book in German. I could not get out of my mind that she sat there laughing out loud throughout the entire book. Once back in New York I found the book in print in English. Being a lover of science fiction I was a bit skeptical about enjoying a science fiction novel that was humorous but I sat down with it anyway. The book had me laughing and turning pages with as much anticipation as I've turned pages with Steven King novels. I've read The Star Diaries several times, cover to cover. The social commentary is wonderful but the insight into human nature was even more splendid. Even now thinking about that steak orbiting his spacecraft is making me laugh as I type. A brilliant book and commentary on the human condition, written not synically but with love and humor toward the human race. That is the impression that stays with me to this day.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156849050
Author:
Lem, Stanislaw
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Translator:
Kandel, Michael
Author:
LEM
Author:
Kandel, Michael
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories (Single Author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Helen and Kurt Wolff Books
Series Volume:
97
Publication Date:
19850631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 286 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156849050 Reviews:
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"Review" by , "A Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics."
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Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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