By Stanisław Lem
It is a excellent, very humorous ebook. someone acquainted with Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will understand what to anticipate. unfortunately, the under blurb utilized by the writer is sort of meaningless.
This is the Kandel translation. I doubt if he up-to-date the interpretation for the reissue of the publication through Northwestern college Press. They most likely simply acquired the rights in order that they might rock that critical and jap ecu literature.
This is a set of excellent but imaginary experiences of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly customary innovations. "Lem is Harpo Marx and Franz Kafka and Isaac Asimov rolled up into one and down the white rabbit's hole" (Detroit News). A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
(there is a request for this Lem identify, however it is an visible experiment, no longer "retail"...however, if the person that positioned the bounty on it unearths it appropriate, allow me know!)
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