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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0092QM4MK
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The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy Audio Download – Unabridged
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Lem has written three of my favorite books in the world: this one, THE STAR DIARIES (also featuring Ijon Tichy--I believe in the original Polish these two were part of the same volume), and SOLARIS. The latter is equally superb, but oddly enough, completely without humor. It is almost difficult to comprehend that these works all came from the same writer.
This is a book of ideas, almost essay like in its presentation. The one thing that it doesn't concern itself with is a plot. Although set up as a strong story, it quickly abandons this in favour of presenting its arguments. That is its strength. It wrong foots you into believing one thing and then presents a contrary argument for you to consider alternate views.
This is a short work, but there's more to think about here than you normally get in a novel ten times the length. If you haven't tried Lem before, I'd recommend The Cyberiad or Tales Of Pirx The Pilot in which you can take the serious messages or ignore them and enjoy the story. Here that isn't so easily done, but if you fancy a thoughtful and funny book, it's well worth trying.
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wanted to read this after watching the movie based on it. Very strange and interesting book, and concept. I would recommend you give it a try.Published 11 months ago by Jacob Mackriell
This is vision personified. It is a masterly unravelling of the dream, as relevant to eastern mysticism as to western philosophy. It's hilarious, simple, yet mind boggling. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pete Maguire
This is a curious little book and surprisingly hard to assess. On the one hand it seems a somewhat slight and farcical piece and yet it also attempts to address some profound... Read morePublished 18 months ago by sft
This time around, Polish science-fiction kingpin Stanislaw Lem did not craft a serious techno-science-fiction novel. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Well, the book describes our future and it doesn't seem bright. Or we're actually living like there? Who knows. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by aw
Very addictive read this. Brilliantly written and hugely thought provoking. My first Lem book but certainly not my last (I'm on here to order more now!). Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by Jon Wilde
I have been searching for this book and another I bought at the same time for years, and it has only just come back in to print. Well worth anybody's time to read! Read morePublished on 18 July 2010 by Mr. R. D. P. Lakin
I first read this book about a few years ago and have periodically come back to it over and over again, finding myself never to get bored or irritated (as one review states). Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2009 by Flish