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S mission is so secret that ven he himself doesn t know what it is He attempts to unravel the mystery but he cannot as A Missing Hero everyone is a spy like him on a senseless mission to keepveryone occupiedAt the In Cave Danger Pacific Northwest Mystery 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 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 absurdxtreme 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 year 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 xtreme 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 ach one absurd Dead Low Tide each one in search of hisxistential meaningin a chaotic organizationLem carries the reality to the most Venus im Pelz extreme senselescreate delirant neologismscreate outlandish concepts as the desemantizacion of the wordsthe nested layers ofncripted normal languajethe nested layers of truth and spy in a paranoic suizofrenic 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 xistential 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 Funnier than Kafka flippant than Heller Lem mocks and satirizes a bloated bureaucratic military complex where nobody knows what anybody is doing not Ghost Variations even themselves All told it s a pretty brilliant solution to preventspionage if The Necromancer Amber Lee everything is misinformation then nothing can fall into thenemy s hands RightSo I had considered myself the center of the universe the bull s The Sexual Adventures of an Invisible Man eye so to speak for all the slings and arrows the Building had to offer and all along I was nothing just one of a series another copy a stereotype trembling in all the places my predecessors trembled repeating like a record playerxactly the same words feelings thoughts My melodramatic actions the sudden impulses false starts surprises moments of inspiration Invisibles. each successive revelation all of it chapter and verse including this present moment was in the instructions no longer my instructions they weren t made for me So if this was neither a test nor a Mission nor chaos what was left Were they all crazy Were they out to make me crazy too Thenverything would be fine for if veryone s crazy no one s crazy But where was it all heading 1245 stars out of 5 Yeah it s a little bit juvenile mostly goofy and very over the top And the whole paper blight introduction didn t really need to be there But if you think about it you ll realize it s really a secretly coded message about life and living in an over informed media saturated society I swear And all that stuff is right up my alley When you jump And all that stuff is right up my alley When you jump joy beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet stanis aw lemif you are up for Stanis aw LemIf you are up for with ample helpings of the polyglotomatic and metapsychodelic Memoirs Found in a Bathtub Stanislaw Lem s 1961 novel of screwball bureaucratic misadventure will most certainly stir your brainwaves and set your neural neurons fizzing What a polyglot and metaphysician was our author fluent in Polish Latin German French English Russian Ukrainian Lem s xpertise ranged from medicine and biology physics and astronomy mathematics and robotics to philosophy literature and linguistics And added to this intellectual mix such a protean imagination numerous collections of highly provocative The Runaway essays dozens of short stories and seventeen science fiction novels many judged among the best within the genre A twelve page Introduction part of the novel written hundreds of years into the future outlines how this manuscript Notes from the Neogene or its commonly known title Memoirs Found in a Bathtub is a precious relic from Earth s ancient past a period of decline which directly preceded the great Collapse a time when paper was usedxtensively for writing Among the numerous documented facts alluded to by this archaeologist of the future in his uest to discover the reasons behind the demise of that paper centered bathroom centered ancient civilization is a thriving cult revolving around Kap Eh Taahl a deity denied supernatural LaTour and the Humanities existence Yes Kap Eh Taahl is Capital onexample of how the Introduction scholarly and authoritative in tone is a Stanislaw Lem ish tour de force of word play word blending punning spoonerisms neologisms double Big Ideas for Little Philosophers Box Set entendre tongue twisters and tongue in cheek Nevertheless these introductory remarks are picture perfect as a set up to frame the narrative that follows anxtensive firsthand report authored by a newly assigned secret agent caught in an unending network of offices corridors stairs levators and bathrooms forming part of a vast underground military compound If this strikes you as a Kafkaesue parable of little guy versus big bureaucracy you hit the bulls ye much of the spirit of Lem s novel is captured in the above Jaroslav Rona sculpture located in Prague with natty Franz Kafka atop a headless handless giant In the very first paragraph our disoriented narrator tells us he can t locate the proper room amid multiple levels of departments and offices in this Pentagon like Building as he attempts to press through crowds of marching military personnel disguised agents and preoccupied secretaries Kafka s An Imperial Message comes immediately to mind a tale where a messenger sent by the Emperor is trying to bring a specia. 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 L message for you alone but the messenger must push through a solid mass of humanity in an outer courtyard only to find another horde of people in the next courtyard blocking his way and so it continues such that alas you will never receive your message Anybody who has Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy: A Cookbook ever been obliged to deal with a bloated administrative system will hear a familiar ring The narrator wends his way to the office of powerfully built bald old General Kashenblade Commander in Chief only to be given an unidentified special mission The uestions he asks about the specifics of his mission the indecipherable thexplanations Offshore even moving out to the stars as when the old man pontificates And the spiral nebulae Well Don t tell me you don t know what that means SPY ral And thexpanding universe the retreating galaxies Where are they going What are they running from And the Doppler shift to the red Highly suspicious no A clear admission of guilt Such decidedly cerebral passages are reminiscent of another classic where imagination and Five Brave Explorers erudite fancy mix withlements of physics mathematics astronomy and other sciences t zero by Italo Calvino Lem s polyglot background freuently shines through with a light touch a real treat for readers who Betrayal Lady Grace Mysteries enjoy heady subjects and brain teasers mixed in with their fiction Next stop we follow ourarnest special agent now a man on a mission to the main office where he is approached by a young officer who introduces himself as Lieutenant Blanderdash the Chief s undercover aide Whoa Stanislaw Was that Blanderdash or Balderdash Blanderdash proceeds to ask the agent if he yawns or snores the department lost many people by snoring before leading him to the Department of Collections to view along with a multitude of other absurdities cabinets with millions of cuff links and glass cases filled with artificial The Substitute Bride The Gladiator ears noses bridges fingernails wartsyelashes boils and humps Given such a display no pun intended of government and military intelligence brings to mind Moscow 2042 and other comic masterpieces by Vladimir Voinovich Such a sharp satirical needle too bad the archaeologist Under the KnifeWhistleblower examining these memoirs assumes the narrator isntirely serious and completely reliable He s missing out on much of the irony and dark humor I m reminded yet again of another author Lewis Carroll and his Alice in Wonderland most War for Eternity especially the Mad Hatter s tea party For the I turned the pages the I had the feeling special agent Undereavesdropper Blassenkash in Chapter 2 he answers to this title and name is trapped in a building filled with a stream of Mad Hatters spouting sheer indecipherable nonsense I actually found this one of the amusing and telling aspects of the tale since the madness is accentuated by our unfortunate narrator forever remaining the serious formal straight man Perhaps agent Blassenkash finally comes to understand the underlying meaning of what s going onither all of this is a test for him to pass in his capacity as agent or fanfare tooted by Alice s White Rabbit on his tiny trumpet What Makes a Marriage Last everyone is a raving lunatic Or maybe he has been misled bynemy spies that have infiltrated the Building Or then again his very presence in the Building is in fact his mission Or a dozen other possibilities You will have to read for yourself to decipher the code However be aware there could be than one code As a head Building official Ryan's PlaceSean's Reckoning explains Now there are calling codes stalling codes departmental codes special codes and you ll like this he grinned they re changedvery day Each section of course has its own system so the same word or name will have a different meaning on different levels Stanis aw Lem age 50 at his typewriter in Krak w Poland 1971 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 The Book of ueer Prophets 21 Writers on Sexuality and Religion even the code is in code andverybody 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 Ned’s Circus of Marvels (Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 1) end in greek theaterHighbrow science fiction so far beyond genre that it is actually literature 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 published in 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 toxplain to him He travels from office to office Contrarian Investment Strategy: the psychology of stock market success 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 of years later By this point almost all paper has been obliterated by anpidemic 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 you re late lost and obscurely to blame for something Thus it isn t the most pleasant thing to read t the most pleasant thing to read some of the writing is beautiful Certain incidents are merely farcical or grotesue but others feel profound My favourite moment was this towards the Rules of Ascension end A priest You turned me over to Major Erms You only wear a cassock to hide the uniform And do you only a wear a body to hide the skeleton Try to understand I am hiding nothing You say I betrayed you Butverything here is illusion betrayal treason ven omniscience for omniscience is not only impossible but uite unnecessary when its counterfeit suffices a fabrication of betrayal treason ven omniscience for omniscience is not only impossible but uite unnecessary when its counterfeit suffices a fabrication of 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 A Practical Guide to Breathwork: A Remedy for the Modern Human Condition entirely satisfied with thending though This is the most dreamlike book I ver remember reading Or nightmare like A study in bureaucracy and paranoia Including coded camouflage and artificial body parts and much much My American paperback is from 1971 but apparently the original is from 1961. 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. Kafka on ProzacMemoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanslaw Lem follows the adventures of an agent in training as he wanders in search of a mission through the vast bureaucracy of a purposeless intelligence agencyThe agent is anonymous But we can call him K because the story the style and the absurdist message are drawn directly from Kafka sp The castle K is an Defying Gravity everyman and his agency is an allegory for society Ostensibly the agency is the post apocalyptic remnant of America but it feelsntirely EuropeanThe theme of the Memoirs is that one s search for individual identity ie the mission is distracted by reflections of the self in other people Social interaction discloses layer upon layer of identity like the numberless floors of the agency s building but no نعم ولا الفكر المنفتح عند ابن عربي essential purpose Such a search wraps the individual tighter and tighter in a web of conformityIn thend K can no longer imagine leaving the building He becomes incapable of Longchen Nyingthig Chod Practice even attempting a mission should hever find one Even his human rebelliousness turns into tragically reflexive conformityLem s narrative style conveys serious ideas using a simple narrative prose and pervasive but understated humor In this respect Lem writes like Kafka on Prozac with clearer ideas faster pace and fun For me this is the best aspect of the bookThe worst aspect of the book is the introduction I advise the reader to skip it with the intro included my recommendation drops by at least one star It places the Memoirs in a sophomoric and Forensic Entomology The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations entirely unnecessary SciFi context and draws the connection with America I speculate that the introduction was added to satisfy censors in 1961 Poland 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 itven weirder basically this dude comes into Millennium; Winners and Losers in the Coming Order existence in a cold warra underground government bunker and has to find out what his mission is but he s stuck in the place that drives you 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 nd of the trip i wanted to throw myself on the tracks 45 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 by yours truly in 2016 as a WTF ntry on my bookshelves with a hallowed place between Zen and the Art of Diesel Typewriter Maintenance and 20000 Wanks Under the Sheet Hands down this is the craziest novel I have This is America 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 volcanicruption roughly 1600 years previous to their find The prologue dwells on a cataclysmic The ueen of the Night event inarlier 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 an Age The and their discovery are mentioned almost as an Written in 1961 the fictional paper cataclysm is 101 Questions and Answers about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What It Is, How to Prevent It, and Where to Turn for Treatment eBook: Steven J. McCabe: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. eerily prescient of what would probably result in the wake of anlectromagnetic 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 If the Shoe Fits Whatever After expected to bentertained Office Slave II El Exposed enlightened and that I would walk away a better person for thexperience 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 Keine Angst execute the novel and craftsmanship deserves a respectful nod However I suspect Lem sditor was a catatonic by the time the manuscript went to print Everything has its cost 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 you re picturing the crazy cat as my face now aren t youI do understand the book however and I suppose this is why I am writing this review I felt no one has understood it deeply nough only barely skimming the surface This is the point in this review Where You Raise Your you raise your ye brow look at me and ask oh really now smarty pants what is the meaning thenI ll tell you what it is Looks around paranoid and whispersthere is no spoonIn the movie The Matrix Neo A Short History of Reconstruction 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 you will see that it is not the spoon that bends only yourselfHuh I hear you sayExactly I nod keep reading my friendThe PlotThe plot on the surface is uite simple yet completely maddening It is a story of a confined universe aka The Building an underground secret facility where all the Americanlites 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 Traduku Angla Esperanta Tradukekzercaro 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 snakeating 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. 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