This is the most dreamlike book I ever remember
reading Or like A study in bureaucracy and paranoia Including coded camouflage and artificial body parts and much Or nightmare like A in bureaucracy and paranoia Including coded camouflage and artificial body parts and much My American paperback is from 1971 but apparently the original is from 1961 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 Col This book blew my mind I had to scream after I put it down It is the story of a man who doesn t now his mission who is on the outside of an inside joke Everything is in code even the code is in code and everybody 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 nowThis 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 end in greek theaterHighbrow science fiction so far beyond genre that it is actually literature When you jump for joy beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet Stanis aw LemIf you are up for writing 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 expertise #was our author fluent in Polish Latin German French English Russian Ukrainian Lem s expertise from medicine and biolo 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 interna 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 it even weirder basically this dude comes into existence in a cold war era 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 trai 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 esp The castle K is an everyman and his agency is an allegory for society Ostensibly the agency is the post apocalyptic remnant of America but it feels entirely 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. To powieść tórej akcja osadzona jest w roku 3149 nowego Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow kalendarza gdy odnaleziony zostaje tytułowy pamiętnikTo relacja z pierwszej ręki dotycząca przeżyć agenta uwięzionego głęboko w podziemnymompleksie wojskowym Nowego Pentagonu gdzieś pod Górami Skalistymi.
Stanisław Lem Í 0 read & downloadAracters each one absurd each one in search of his existential meaningin a chaotic organizationLem carries the reality to the most extreme senselescreate delirant neologismscreate outlandish concepts as the desemantizacion of the wordsthe nested layers of encripted normal languajethe nested layers of truth and spy in a paranoic esuizofrenic 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 existential meaningThe book is open to several interpretationspossibly a alegoria of the despersonaliced paranoic and senseles world of his sovietic orbit of the despersonaliced paranoic and senseles world of his sovietic orbit PolandA uniue original nigmarishgrotesue and full of bleak humor postapocaliptic distopiaA strongly recomended masterwork in its genre 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 now 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 Ibook however and I this is why I am writing this review I felt no one has understood it deeply enough only barely skimming the surface This is the point in this review where you raise your left eye 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 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 eep 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 American elites 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 economic collapse or a #world but it could very well have been a plague an economic collapse or a 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 snake eating 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 s mission is so secret that even he himself doesn t Norte: A Novel know what it is He attempts to unravel the mystery but he cannot as everyone is a spy like him on a senseless mission toeep everyone occupiedAt the 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 spoile. 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 resu znaczenia Posłowie prof Jerzego Jarzębskie. .
The numberless floors of the agency s building but no essential purpose Such a search wraps the individual tighter and tighter in a web of conformityIn the end K can no longer imagine leaving the building He becomes incapable of even attempting a mission should he ever 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 entirely unnecessary SciFi context and draws the connection with America I speculate that the introduction was added to satisfy censors in 1961 Poland Funnier than Kafka flippant than Heller Lem mocks and satirizes a bloated bureaucratic military complex where nobody nows what anybody is doing not even themselves All told it s a pretty brilliant solution to prevent espionage if everything is misinformation then nothing can fall into the enemy s hands RightSo I had considered myself the center of the universe the bull s eye so to speak for all the slings and arrows universe the bull s eye so to speak for all the slings and arrows 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 player exactly the same words feelings thoughts My melodramatic actions the sudden impulses false starts surprises moments of inspiration 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 Then everything would be fine for if everyone 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 With the Futurologicalinformed media saturated society I swear And all that stuff is right up my alley With the Futurological 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 absurd extreme 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 extreme 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 ch. Świat i życie tajnego Mi karma y yo kompleksu rządowego przypominająafkowskie wizje biurokracji i zagubienia w trybach maszyn urzędniczych Bohater w tym nieprzyjaznym świecie gdzie tylko on wydaje się być normalnym musi pod zagrożeniem życia Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved kontynuować tajną misję agenta