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Publisher MIT Press Massachusets Institute of Tech nology
Year 01/02/2020
Edition First
Pages 152
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
Language English
ISBN 9780262538466
Categories Memoirs, Classic science fiction
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A playful, witty, reflective memoir of childhood by the science fiction master Stanis aw Lem.

With Highcastle, Stanis aw 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.


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