Lem, Stanislaw: Solaris (Study Guide)

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Study Guide for Stanislaw Lem: Solaris (1961) More information about Lem Introduction During the Soviet era, Polish writer Stanislaw Lem was the most celebrated SFauthor in the Communist world. Although he read Western SF when he was young, hesoon found it shallow and turned for inspiration to the long tradition ofEastern European philosophical fantasy. Western readers not familiar withthis tradition often misread his works, expecting more action-oriented,technophilic fiction. Solaris comes closer to being atraditional SF novel than most of his works, but its main thrust is stillphilosophical. There is a deep strain of irony which runs through this work, forall its occasionally grim moments. The great Russian experimental director Andrei Tarkovsky made an important film based on the novel which is considerablymore confusing that the book. Keep in mind that what you are reading is atranslation from a French translation which was in turn translated from thePolish original. We are some distance from Lem`s original words. Wait until this page is completely downloaded before clicking. Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter10, Chapter 11Chapter 12 Chapter 13,Chapter 14 Chapter 1: The Arrival The novel begins as the narrator, a scientist named Kris Kelvin, is descendingtoward the surface of the mysterious planet Solaris. How many instances can youfind in this chapter of failures to perceive, breakdowns in communication, ...

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