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The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs…

The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy (original 1972; edition 1985)

by Stanislaw Lem

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Title:The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy
Authors:Stanislaw Lem
Info:Mariner Books (1985), Edition: 0, Paperback, 156 pages
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The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem (1972)

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Classic Lem--his writing style is very unique and it permeates this book. This book is a bit of a cutting look at a future entirely too dependent on drugs....and some of the stuff he talks about seems to be coming true today. Entertaining and a delightful read. ( )
  L_Will | May 14, 2018 |
It's entirely thanks to my sister, Jessa, that I discovered Lem, and thanks to the used bookstore in Mecosta that I keep finding old paperbooks of his and adding them to my collection.

This is a dystopian, chaotic future, full of rioting and hallucinogenic drugs used as societal control. This book is a hallucination within a hallucination within a hallucination. Where do they end? And what is the truth? The multiple hallucinations allow Lem to explore a number of possible futures and possible realities. None of which are terribly comforting. ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
Get into the rhythm...

This satire has a particular patter, very fast, and once you go with it, the ribald 'ride' becomes immensely enjoyable. ( )
  James.Igoe | Jul 26, 2017 |
Schon außergewöhnlich. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem feels like a dream. A really bizarre one, you know? One where you find yourself falling off a cliff for some crazy reason, only to be saved by praying mantises on flying scooters?

Like that, but ten times weirder.

Full review → Joie des Livres
  schadelkopf | Apr 12, 2016 |
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Bustamante, MelitónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kandel, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koivisto, RiittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure. Translated by Michael Kandel.

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World-renowned cosmonaut Ijon Tichy, persuaded to attent the Eighth World Futurological Congress, is severely injured when the Congress is routed by Costa Rican revolutionaries, is refrigerated in liquid nitrogen, and awakens in the year 2039.

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