Highcastle: A Remembrance

Highcastle: A Remembrance

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262538466
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 796,079
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stanisław 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.

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