By Stanisław Lem
It is a first-class, very humorous ebook. somebody acquainted with Lem's brief tales and works like "Imaginary Engines" will recognize what to anticipate. unfortunately, the lower than blurb utilized by the writer is nearly meaningless.
This is the Kandel translation. I doubt if he up to date the interpretation for the reissue of the e-book by means of Northwestern college Press. They most likely simply received the rights in order that they may perhaps rock that important and japanese eu literature.
This is a suite of excellent but imaginary stories of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the writer beguiles us with a parade of pleasant, disarmingly known 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 name, however it is an noticeable test, no longer "retail"...however, if the individual that placed the bounty on it reveals it applicable, enable me know!)
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