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Stanislaw Lem: "I write about what is happening, only in its own way, with his tongue ..."

March 28 2006

Stanislaw Lem was not just fiction. Lem did not like it when his numerous work falls into the category of "science fiction." "I've always believed in science, but I'm writing about the present, the outside world - has repeatedly said the writer. - I write about what is happening, only in its own way, with his tongue. " In addition, the writer once complained that he spent a lot of time, urging Americans not to read science fiction because it is "absolutely not cognitive."

Those who rank as a writer for the tireless skeptics for his unique perspective on many things, which too often does not coincide with the conventional and traditional, too, would be wrong. However, to understand Lem and the more exciting it works - at all easy.

At the time, made sure of the most recognized artists - Lem longer trust his multifaceted world and feelings. In many ways this is probably due to the obvious phenomenon: Every writer is in its own way is not fully understood.

Lem was also unable to avoid it. Enough to pay attention to how the work begins on Solaris, who later became a masterpiece of world cinema.

"Solaris" - a book, because we are great quarrel with Tarkovsky. I spent six weeks in Moscow, while we were arguing about how to make a film, then called him a fool and went home ... Tarkovsky in the film wanted to show that the cosmos is very nasty and unpleasant, and here on Earth - is fine. But I wrote and thought quite the contrary "...

However, American director Steven Soderbergh will be fascinated by the work of Tarkovsky was 1972, his vision and "reading" Lem. From this perspective, the film Soderbergh's still far from being about what I wanted to tell Lem, and hence, by its own secondary.

How could respond to the writer, who turned out in the shadow, when his work as a cost to the invoice? "First of all, do stupid Hollywood style films in the genre of science fiction is unworthy even of disputes, and secondly, I do not want to return to distance" .

Stupidity can be considered and the fact that not everyone sees a soulless electrical appliances and machinery, which are full of the writer, the man and his mysterious soul.

Meanwhile, in his writings Lem joked mathematician who fell in love with digital machines, mocked tabloid rag, print questionable jokes about the robot lyudolizah.

On a fence near the house in Krakow, where the writer lived for a long time, a plate: "Angry Dog". However, as it turned out, they were quite friendly five dachshunds.

Maybe Lem can be partly attributed to a misanthrope. But better still use the term "optimistic pessimist," which the author has invented for himself. Recall at least one of the last interview with Lem, in which "gets" for everyone: Switzerland - lazy Americans - badly. Poland, in the opinion of the writer, is "in the ass." "If I were 30 years younger - I would leave it again."

One of the most recognizable works Lema remains "Futurological Congress" by which he became truly famous. "Congress" has been recognized by many prominent Western writers , including John Updike.

he asked to become an honorary member of the Society of American writers of scientific and unscientific fiction. However, the writer stayed in their long slender ranks and was soon expelled. Eventually, Lem despised "pure" science fiction ...


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