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15 January 2020
Memoirs; Science fiction; Science Fiction
A playful, witty, reflective memoir of childhood by the science fiction master Stanislaw Lem.

With Highcastle, Stanislaw Lem offers a memoir of his childhood and youth in prewar Lvov. Reflective, artful, witty, playful- I was a monster, he observes ruefully-this lively and charming book describes a youth spent reading voraciously (he was especially interested in medical texts and French novels), smashing toys, eating pastries, and being terrorized by insects. Often lonely, the young Lem believed that he could communicate with household objects-perhaps anticipating the sentient machines in the adult Lem's novels. Lem reveals his younger self to be a dreamer, driven by an unbridled imagination and boundless curiosity.

In the course of his reminiscing, Lem also ponders the nature of memory, innocence, and the imagination. Highcastle (the title refers to a nearby ruin) offers the portrait of a writer in his formative years.
By:   Stanislaw Lem
Translated by:   Michael Kandel (Translator (Polish to English))
Imprint:   MIT PRESS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 10mm
ISBN:   9780262538466
ISBN 10:   0262538466
Series:   The MIT Press
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   15 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006), a writer called worthy of the Nobel Prize by the New York Times, was an internationally renowned author of novels, short stories, literary criticism, and philosophical essays. His books have been translated into forty-four languages and have sold more than thirty million copies.

Reviews for Highcastle: A Remembrance

Reading classic SF can put current conversations in the book world in an interesting new perspective, and MIT Press' commitment to publishing the works of Stanislaw Lem brings the classics back in a neatly packaged format. Highcastle in particular may be interesting to newcomers or classic fans who want to learn about the famous author's influences. -Den of Geek A charming, effervescent memoir from a writer who consistently transcends genre. -Kirkus Reviews - Remarkably candid....interlaced with soaring reflections on art, memory, innocence, faith and myth. -Publishers Weekly - An entire vanished world has been lovingly and quirkily recalled in this pages. -New York Times -

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