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Lem as literary critic(sort of....),
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This review is from: A Perfect Vacuum (Paperback)
As the above reviewer points out,Lem wrote not just Sci-Fi,but also ruminations on technology and philosophy."A Perfect Vacuum"is reviews of books that only exist in Lem's imagination,though these imaginary novels are usually loosely based on reality.One book reviewed is "Gilgamesh",in which intellectuals discover all sorts of bizarre meaning in a book not unlike Joyce's "Ulysees".
My favourites are a satire on modern porn,in which two competitors,Cybordelics and Intercourse International,struggle for control of the market in an underhand way,and the first chapter.It is a review of "A Perfect Vacuum".So Lem is writing a review of a book by himself,but supposedly by someone else, which is a collection of reviews of books that only exist in his imagination-or have I missed something?I think it's funny,but hit and miss.
Don't read this if you're looking forward to a sequel to "Solaris"!!!