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I will put this bluntly: I am highly aware that the English speaking world generally neglects the literature of the rest of the world, which is the idea behind the Reading the World challenge to begin with. I am also aware that among the world literature that does gain some fame, the Eastern block is not in focus. Because this book is brilliant in its writing, ideas and sense of humor, achieved through satire. I read it in Michael Kandel’s translation, my Polish not being great as of yet though I consider myself a good studentand I thought the writing was beautiful.
I can only begin to imagine how lovely Lem’s original expressions are, because translations, no matter how good, always take away something from the original. The language, overall, was very rich, changing between styles, even using a made up version of old and new language, in the Polish version, I assume, Polish, but also, and much credit to Kandel, of course, in the English version, a sensational mix of old and new English that I had some trouble with, but that only attests to it’s greatness, because it used expressions long out of use.
I am generally not a fan of satire, but this book was fantastic in that sense. The humor, so gentle and subtle and yet obviously there, was amazing. I usually put some berth between myself and humorous books, but I do not regret a second of reading The Star Diaries. Which brings me to the moment I will acquaint you with the book itself: The Star Diaries tells the story of Ijon Tichywho travels from one planet to another and gets in all kinds of strange and comic situations.
The stories are told in separate journeys, instead of chapters, and the journeys themselves were written out of order for 20 years.
Some of them lean more on the philosophy, some more on the humor, but all of them are ultimately rewarding. Ijon Tichy is a great narrator. What he succeeds at the best is the fact that he takes all of the events that happen to him, no matter how strange or borderline disturbing they are, in a light-hearted and calm manner.
He escapes narrowly from crashing his ship on numerous occasions, he is left stranded in space, he gets mixed up in all kinds of weird events, and he does it in an almost graceful manner. Even more so when he ponders whether he really existed, to begin with, when he creates the world, or gets arrested by robot fanatics. I had trouble with the language, as I mentioned above, of the Eleventh Voyagebut the idea was brilliant and reminded me a lot of The Man Who Was Thursday. I will not let out any spoilers but it was great!
If you ever wondered gwiazvowe the world was created, you would enjoy the Eight Voyagein which Ijon goes to represent Earth in a gathering of the United Planets and understands how we came to be a silly accident of oil spillage. He creates the history of the planet through a series of work mishaps during gwiasdowe project that he is in charge of in the Twentieth Voyage. The Twenty-first Voyage was admittedly challenging in a philosophical way, but also extremely interesting as it tells the story of how Ijon Tichy crashes on a planet of creatures that used to be human-like, until they started making genetic changes to their bodies and ended up completely robot and unable to return to the way they used to be, because they are torn by conflicts both of philosophical and religious character.
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I will leave you enjoy the rest of this mad and fantastic book on your own, but if you ever trusted my judgement, you will read it, because it is great! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Dzkenniki Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Hardcoverpages. Published by Interart first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dzienniki gwiazdowe 1please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Dzienniki gwiazdowe 1. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The Star Diariesa series of interplanetary adventures ranging in size from mere vignette to long novella, was written over a period of twenty years, and therefore–no surprise!
Although these stories are remarkably original, they also show a clear progression of influences. The Star Diaries contains excellent examples of each type of story. Even better, though, are the later Swiftian tales where Tichy, still a hero, begins to explore more philosophical topics: If you love science fiction, you must read this book.
It is a classic of the genre, crowded with invention and full of ideas. Are we talking here about another Flash Gordon or Hans Solo? Ijon is more like your prototypical college math instructor with his skinny tie, wrinkled shirt, corduroy pants, scuffed up loafers and nerd eyeglasses held together by tape.
But, it must be admitted, Ijon Tichy keeps a level head as he deals with a string of challenges bizarre and Borges-like. The Star Diaries recounts a dozen separate kooky, bugged out, way-out voyages of our undaunted explorer. A batch of snapshots of Ijon in action: That night, while asleep, a slightly familiar looking man shakes Ijon and demands he get out of bed and join him in repairing the rocket.
Ijon knows he’s flying solo and tells the intruder he’s nothing more than a dream. The next morning Ijon consults textbooks and maps to calculate his present location since his damaged rocket has veered off course. Looks like he could be ensnared in a heap of trouble – he’s in a mysterious gravitational vortex with incalculable relativistic effects.
A misty human shape cooking an omelet appears at the stove in his kitchen and just as quickly vanishes. Mystified, Ijon consults another book on the General Theory of Relativity that explains how in certain gravitational vortices there can be a complete reversal of time causing a duplication of the present.
Following a trip to the engine room to produce a slight change in the rocket’s direction, Ijon returns only to see himself asleep in bed.
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His Monday self gruffly informs him that he is only a dream. The time loop expands over the next fourteen pages in ways gwizadowe duplication and multiplication only Stanislaw Lem could imagine apologies to Jorges Luis Borges but with this fictional doozy Lem outpaces the Argentine man of letters.
One of the most zany, convoluted and imaginative tales a reader will ever encounter. A true psychic quantum leap! The ingenious szienniki will quickly put a number of psychiatrists and counselors out of business.
Men and women will be able to live in the present without having to rehash all those times when they were slapped around by an abusive parent or picked on by the schoolyard bully or traumatized in a war zone or a thousand other painful experiences. Our stupendous astrozoologist invents a time machine Ijon can take on his next voyage to planet Amauropia.
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Along the way beyond the Milky Way, explorer Tichy encounters the Gypsonians who roam around the cosmos ever since they destroyed their own planet by continuous strip mining, turning the entire surface into one vast pit.
I Dzidnniki to the rescue! Ijon obtains a secondhand moon, fixes it up and, thanks to his stellar connections no pun intendedupgrades it to the status of a planet.
The Gypsonians are elated but it remains to be seen if they learned their lesson about greed and natural resources. Once on Amauropia Ijon encounters a race of Microcephalids crawling around on all fours. Using his time machine, Ijon propels their evolution to tool using hunter gatherers and then to agrarian civilization. Of course, accelerated evolution contains both pros and cons – the Microcephalds alternately worship Ijon and send him off to be tortured.
At one point Ijon escapes and begins preaching love and universal brotherhood. Not long thereafter, a cult forms around his teachings. Predictably, the king and his royal court despise Ijon’s revolutionary ideas and demand his Earthly blood. By the skin of his astronomical teeth, Ijon blasts off, leaving the planet far behind but his time on Amauropia provides Stanislaw Lem oodles of opportunities to make piquant philosophical observations about the universal tendencies of politics and religion, war and peace, customs and ideologies.
As an elderly Pantan pontificates,”we have completely eliminated individuality on behalf of the society. On our planet there are no entities – only the collective. Ijon asks more questions and the elderly one is more than happy to provide answers, even how on his planet the reality of death has been transcended via the absence of individual identity.
I’m sure you sense Stanislaw Lem poking a long, sharp satirical needle at the prevailing s Communist states. Ijon is present as a room filled with wise, peace-loving alien life forms from all over the cosmos debate if humans from planet Earth should be admitted to the solar assembly.
After once speaker portrays homo sapiens as a species of monsters wallowing in an ocean of blood – massacres, wars, pogroms, crusades, genocide, torture – looks like the vote might be a mighty “NO. All look toward Ijon Tichy. Can our outer orbit Odysseus come through for us? All written with a light, comical touch. View all 8 comments. I need to reread this to review the book properly, but I know I liked it a lot, and even made a view spoiler [Tichy family tree hide spoiler ] out of one story, just for fun.
Since I read it first in Finnish, the English reading experience will no doubt feel different: View all 4 comments. Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. What a fantastic book! One of the best ones that I have read this year!!!
If you have not read it, and I gwiazdwoe that is the situation, I highly recommend it! View all 5 comments. Stanislaw Lem is an author I should have discovered decades ago. Then last year I discovered Lem and he single-handedly renewed my interest in sci-fi. The others are dziennik orde Stanislaw Lem is an author I should have discovered decades ago. The Futurological Congress and Solaris are absolute genius.
Eden is interesting as a prototype of Solaris. Return From the Starslike The Futurological Congressdescribes a futuristic Earth, but without the satirical word-play and absurdity that made The Futurological Congress such fun.
It had its moments, but overall it was my least favorite.