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A Perfect Vacuum - Stanisław Lem, Michael Kandel
A Perfect Vacuum
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.1 a"In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature - works that, in many cases, could not possibly be written. Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results."--BOOK... show more
.1 a"In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature - works that, in many cases, could not possibly be written. Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results."--BOOK JACKET. "Most of the "reviews" target the postmodern infatuation with antinarratives by lampooning their self-indulgence and exploiting their mannerisms. Lem exposes the limits of postmodern fiction, showing how its studious self-consciousness frequently conceals intellectual paucity. Beginning with a review of his own book, Lem moves on to tackle (or create pastiches of) the French new novel, James Joyce, pornography, authorless writing, and Dostoevsky, while at the same time ranging across scientific topics, from cosmology to the pervasiveness of computers."--BOOK J
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780810117334 (0810117339)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Pages no: 229
Edition language: English
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I can have a socially unfortunate sense of humor sometimes, and have gotten myself into trouble on a number of occasions with inappropriate laughing. Never was this more pronounced that when I was pregnant with my first kid and stewing in the hormones and nervousness of impending parenthood. My husb...
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4.0 A Perfect Vacuum
A delightful idea, that surely ought to appeal to habitués of this site - a collection of reviews for books that don't exist! My favorite was the one about the guy who thinks that there are three kinds of genius. Third-class geniuses do what everyone else does, but just get there quicker. They are v...
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