Pamiętnik znaleziony w wannie [Pdf or epub] By Stanisław Lem
The Big Book of Losers: Pathetic but True Tales of the World's Most Titanic Failures! (Factoid Books) yTential meaningThe book is open to several interpretationspossibly a alegoria of the despersonaliced paranoic and senseles world of his sovietic orbit natal PolandA uniue original nigmarishgrotesue and full of bleak humor postapocaliptic distopiaA strongly recomended masterwork in its genre Memoirs Found in a Bathtub is a strange novel but its strangeness feels somehow familiar It reminded me of Ishiguro s The Unconsoled Kadare s The Palace of Dreams the Terry Gilliam film Brazil and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There It would probably also remind me of Kafka s The Trial if I d read it I am going to the *library s copy never seems to be on the shelf First copy never seems to be on the shelf First 1971 Lem s novel is an unsettling satire on the Cold War in which an intelligence agency the CIA has retreated into a massive underground bunker The narration begins abruptly in the middle of a sentence without introducing the narrator He seems to be an agent of some sort tasked with an important mission that no one is willing or able to explain to him He travels from office to office encounters a bizarre array of obfuscating persons and attempts to discern what the hell is going on There are some recurring themes relating to astronomy and free will as well as a framing conceit of the memoirs as a rare document recovered thousands ofears later By this point almost all paper has been obliterated by an epidemic of some sort so historians struggle to understand what was going just on much as the narrator doesThe narrative has considerable momentum closely resembling an anxiety dream in which ou re late lost and obscurely to blame for something Thus it isn t the most pleasant thing to read although some of the writing is beautiful Certain incidents are merely farcical or grotesue but others feel profound My favourite moment was this towards the end A priest You turned me over to Major Erms You only wear a cassock to hide the uniform And do ou only a wear a body to hide the skeleton Try to understand I am hiding nothing You say I betrayed Un lieu incertain you But everything here is illusion betrayal treason even omniscience for omniscience is not only impossible but uite unnecessary when its counterfeit suffices a fabrication of stray reports allusions words mumbled in one s sleep or retrieved from the latrines It is not omniscience but the faith in that matters I wasn t entirely satisfied with the ending though This book is NOT science fiction It is Kafka meets Lewis Carroll meets Alain Robbe Grillet A story of a nameless man seemingly trapped in an underground Building of many levels with all of the attributes of a long long suffocating dream a tale with its own internal logic but utterly outside anything rational or real Written and published in Polish in 1961 translated into English in 1973 and dismissed byours truly in 2016 as a WTF entry on my bookshelves with a hallowed
place between Zen and the Art of Diesel Typewriter Maintenance and between Zen and the Art of Diesel Typewriter Maintenance and Wanks Under the Sheet Hands down this is the craziest novel I have ever read The introduction or prologue such as it is is a teaser that is clumsily grafted onto the main story Ostensibly written in 3149 the prologue introduces the memoirs as having been found in a bathtub in an ancient underground military like facility destroyed by a volcanic eruption roughly 1600 ears previous to their find The prologue dwells on a cataclysmic event in earlier millennia in which a virus accidentally introduced by space travelers returning from one of the moons of Uranus destroyed all of the paper on Earth and all of humanity s knowledge bringing chaos anarchy and a new Dark Age The memoirs and their discovery are mentioned almost as an afterthought Written in 1961 the fictional paper cataclysm is eerily prescient of what would probably result in the wake of an electromagnetic pulse following one or nuclear detonations over one or continents I have wanted to read this book for several decades after I had read Solaris I wanted and expected to be entertained enlightened and that I would walk away a better person for the experience Unfortunately I am none of these although looking on the bright side I can at last check this one off my bucket list 3 stars here because I know it took considerable talent to conceive and execute the novel and craftsmanship deserves a respectful nod However I suspect Lem s editor was a catatonic by the time the manuscript went to print Everything has its cost. Ojskowego skierowaną przeciwko nieznanym wrogom wewnętrznym Wszystko zorganizowane w stylu ultratajnych szpiegowskich awantur Pozycja zawiera także Czy Lem wiedział co to jest dusza Rozmowa z prof Marią Orwid Podróż do kresu znaczenia Posłowie prof Jerzego Jarzębskie.
to skip it with the intro included myskip it with the intro included my drops by at least one star It places the Memoirs in a sophomoric and entirely unnecessary SciFi context and draws the connection with America I speculate that the introduction was added to satisfy censors in 1961 Poland With the Futurological Congress the most outlandish and grotesue novel of Lem i have read and perhaps the most of all i have read in my lifeWhat a mixsurpassing all themof Lewis CarrollKafka and Dickhe takes the logic to the absurd extreme as Carollbuilds a grotesue senseles burocratic world as Kafka and transmits a sense of nigmarish irreality as Dicka real irreality without the need od drugsAfter a ancient plague that have destroyed all the paper and by that the histhory records in near the 4000 ear the histhorians have a fragmentary record of the near to day civilization named the NeogeneAfter a hilarant historian satyra over the ideologic fight between capitalism and comunism the histhorians find in a big bunker in the Rocky Mountains named the Last Pentagon flooded by magma a memoirs written by a inhabitant of the building closed to the rest of the world in a claustrophobic militaristic extreme burocratic societyNarrated in first person by a man without name in a unfrutuous search of the class and meaning of a mission ordered to him he makes a narration of a world where the characters each one absurd each one in search of his existential meaningin a chaotic organizationLem carries the reality to the most extreme senselescreate delirant neologismscreate outlandish concepts as the desemantizacion of the wordsthe nested layers of encripted normal languajethe nested layers of truth and spy in a paranoic esuizofrenic paradiseThere is a duality beween the Building and a next Antibuilding with simetric interchangeable roles with perhaps a deeper open meaningThe building is the absolut maze where the characters are lost in search of his exis. Świat i życie tajnego kompleksu rządowego przypominają kafkowskie wizje biurokracji i zagubienia w trybach maszyn urzędniczych Bohater w tym nieprzyjaznym świecie gdzie tylko on wydaje się być normalnym musi pod zagrożeniem życia kontynuować tajną misję agenta Madness it s ALL madnessI imagine all fans of this book to look something like thisThe uestion now becomes am I a fanI really don t know how to rate this book After finishing this book I wanted to chuck it out the window 2 days wasted I thought Nothing but madness and madness Then today of it made sense by of course not making sense ou re picturing the crazy cat as my face now aren t ouI do understand the book however and I suppose this is why I am writing
this review I felt no one has understood it deeply enough onlyreview I felt no one has understood it deeply enough only skimming the surface This is the point in this review where ou raise Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye your left eye brow look at me and ask oh really now smarty pants what is the meaning thenI ll tellou what it is Looks around paranoid and whispersthere is no spoonIn the movie The Matrix Neo enters the apartment of the Oracle where he spots a child bending spoons with its mind When Neo picks up the spoon the child says Do not try to bend the spoon that s impossible Insteadtry to realize the truth There is no spoon Then Tales from a Pilots Logbook you will see that it is not the spoon that bends onlyourselfHuh I hear في الانفصال you sayExactly I nod keep reading my friendThe PlotThe plot on the surface is uite simpleet completely maddening It is a story of a confined universe aka The Building an underground secret facility where all the American elites and their body guards the armyhave hid themselves following a world crisisHumourously Lem writes this world stopping crisis as a disintegration of all paper in the world but it could very well have been a plague an economic collapse or a revolution I m glad he s chosen paper it makes the book a bit less heavy than it could have been Being completely closed off and forgotten the people in the building became a universe onto itself a world within a world Naturally because they were paranoid their paranoia in a confined space begins to consume itself like a snake eating its tail the Ouroboros of total insanity and claustrophobic madness The protagonist of this mad world is a nameless person most likely a man who s spy adventures and misadventures we follow throughout the building The man s mission is so secret that even he himself doesn t know what it is He attempts to unravel the mystery but he cannot as everyone is a spy like him on a senseless mission to keep everyone occupiedAt the end of the book view spoilerhe finds a man he once met dead in a bathtub The protagonist himself grabs the razor that was used on the other man and presumably commits suicide Does he actually do it or does the catastrophe get him first That is up to the reader to decide Like I said there is no spoon hide spoiler This book blew my mind I had to scream after I put it down It is the story of a man who doesn t know his mission *who is on the outside of an inside joke Everything is in code *is on the outside of an inside joke Everything is in code the code is in code and everybody is a double triple uadruple or agent Or maybe they just make up their jobs and go about doing them there is no way to knowThis book is a tragedy in the sense that it is a comedy about someone who ultimately fails In comedy the hero always succeeds at the end in greek theaterHighbrow science fiction so far beyond genre that it is actually literature this book is fucked up i don t usually say that about books but this one is wicked fucked up i listened to an audiobook version that left the introduction out and that made it even weirder basically this dude comes into existence in a cold war era underground government bunker and has to find out what his mission is but he s stuck in the place that drives ou mad from that asterix movie so he just runs around for a while trying to navigate the insane mazes of political intrigue before realizing that the structure of the building has completely sealed it off from the world and nothing within the bunker relates to anything outside at all and nothing that anyone says has any particular meaning i listened to most of this on a train in germany and at the end of the trip i wanted to throw myself on the tracks 45 Funnier than Kafka flippant than Heller Lem mocks and satirizes a bloated bureaucratic military throw myself on the tracks 45 Funnier than Kafka flippant than Heller Lem mocks and satirizes a bloated bureaucratic military where nobody knows what anybody is doing not even themselves All told it s a pretty brilliant solution to prevent espionage if everything is misinformation then nothing can fall into the enemy s hands RightSo I had considered myself the center of the universe the bull s eye so to speak for all the slings and arrows the Building To powieść której akcja osadzona jest w roku 3149 nowego kalendarza gdy odnaleziony zostaje tytułowy pamiętnikTo relacja z pierwszej ręki dotycząca przeżyć agenta uwięzionego głęboko w podziemnym kompleksie wojskowym Nowego Pentagonu gdzieś pod Górami Skalistymi.