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by Stanislaw Lem

Hospital of the Transfiguration (English and Polish Edition) download ebook
ISBN:
0151421862
ISBN13:
978-0151421862
Author:
Stanislaw Lem
Publisher:
Harcourt; 1st edition (October 1, 1988)
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207 pages
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1211 kb
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1995 kb
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Rating:
4.6

Other books by stanislaw le. Printed in the United States of America.

Other books by stanislaw lem. The Chain of Chance. Hospital of the islaw Lem; translated from the Polish by William Brand. 1st ed. p. cm. Translation of: Szpital przemienienia. A b C D e. To my father.

Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer, best known for his science fiction. Observation on the Spot (pl:Wizja lokalna, 1982) – Ijon Tichy novel about the planet Entia. Not translated into English.

Hospital of the Transfiguration (in Polish: Szpital Przemienienia) is a book by Polish writer Stanisław Lem. It tells the story of a young doctor, Stefan Trzyniecki, who after graduation starts to work in a psychiatric hospital. The story takes place during the Nazi occupation of Poland in the Second World War. The book is the first of a trilogy entitled Time Not Lost, and the only one of the three translated into English.

Hospital of the Transfiguration. Translated from the Polish by William Brand1.

Publisher: A Harvest, JBL Book, New York, 1991. It is 1939; the Nazis have occupied Poland. A young doctor disturbed by the fate of Poland joins the staff of an insane asylum only to find a world of pain and absurdity to match that outside. From Publishers Weekly. Hospital of the Transfiguration.

The Hospital of Transfiguration marks the beginning of Lem's writing . It is a different novel – contemporary, even a „war novel. The Polish author Stanislaw Lem wrote it in 1948, long before he achieved fame as one of the world's leading contemporary science fiction writers. Download (TXT). Читать. Stanislaw Lem - The Offer Of King Krool. Stanislaw Lem. Download (MOBI).

Hospital of the Transfiguration book. One thing I like about this book is that Stanislaw Lem resisted the temptation of presenting his main character as special

Hospital of the Transfiguration book. One thing I like about this book is that Stanislaw Lem resisted the temptation of presenting his main character as special. Stefan, a young doctor in an insane asylum, is nothing but an ordinary individual. An intelectual but with an IQ not over the board, no major professional accomplishments, or interests, for what it matters, and not necessarily anything outstanding about his personality or character. The bulk of the book is not centered around Nazis' occupation in Poland.

Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire, and a trained physician. From the 1950s to 2000s, he published many books, both science fiction and logical. He is best known as the author of the 1961 novel Solaris, which has been made into a feature film three times. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. San Diego ; New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

It is 1939; the Nazis have occupied Poland. A young doctor disturbed by the fate of Poland joins the staff of an insane asylum only to find a world of pain and absurdity to match that outside. Translated by William Brand. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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  • Anaginn
Stanislaw Lem is mainly known as a science fiction writer, but he transcends this distinction in many ways. He was part of the wave of SF writers working in the 70s that brought us the first masterpieces of Ursula Le Guin, Samuel R. Delaney, and so many others who were using their fiction to comment on the failure of the 60s milieu to change the culture, especially since the 80s brought on the rise of a conservative class that was enmeshing America into a more materialistic stance. But it would be ironically in the 80s that SF was finding its sea legs as a respectable literary genre.

That said, Lem is a Polish writer, and inasmuch as he participated in the SF scene of the 70s, his scholarly work suggested he found in SF something other than its readers were expecting. Since he was highly critical of the American writers whom he didn't think were reaching truly literary strength, he suggested that the idiom of the genre was being more led by writers like Philip K. Dick, someone who was less interested in the science in fiction but the more transcendent properties inherent in manipulating reality. Lem's "Transfiguration" novel is actually not a SF novel, but war literature depicting the Nazi abuses in Poland around 1939 as seen through the eyes of a doctor superintending a clinic for the insane. It would be then a searching examination of the abuses of a minority culture not just in the Nazi's who kind of just show up on cue at the climax of the novel, but also in the various ways the doctors who are really ignorant of how to improve the conditions of the people they are supposed to be helping.

Once the doctor has decided to take his friend's advice, after the death of his father, and taken up a position in the psychiatric hospital, we can be struck by how mundane the descriptions of the residents are. Lem seems to rely on popular notions of what the insane might have looked like to outsiders as descriptions of them come to seem stereotypical. In fact, many of those residing in the hospital are simply there because they see it as a way to avoid homelessness. The doctor eventually befriends a man who is presented as a sage, and wholly sane except for his eccentric forays into esoteric philosophy. This is where the ideas of the novel reach full expression, as the doctor kind of intuits that the sagely properties of his inmate may just help himself reach a form of transcendence. This may be trading on the ancient ideal that the insane were "touched" by God, giving this population its first stigma as crazy but somehow having God's ear. Examining the reports of middle ages mystics may just lend credence to this view, as their visions seemed to contain signs of what we would call mental illness now. As to whether this constitutes an actual pathology or not remains to be argued, but this idea powers Lem's narrative. Once the Nazi's show up, of course we have to have the obligatory killing of the disabled which the Nazi's were known to do, but Lem is a truly literary writer, and shows s strength of style that makes him one of the great stylists to have ever worked in SF (albeit this is not exactly SF). But genre issues aside, great literature may sometimes skirt around the more vaunted ways we want to view it, but this novel bears reading for the true sense of mastery that pervades its pages. If you haven't been exposed to Stanislaw Lem before, you might not want to start with this novel, but make your way through his canon until you're ready for this example, which is essentially war literature. And if you haven't been exposed to war literature before, well, I wouldn't exactly suggest Sartre either, as impenetrable as he can be, but if you have a hankering for meaty ruminations which we often find in those who've rubbed shoulders with the Nazi's, maybe get a sense of the absurdity of it all by diving into Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," and then maybe make your way into Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," an alternate history novel giving us the horrific possibility that Japan and Germany actually won the war. This book predates that 70s milieu, but Dick is a 60s writer, whatever decade we happen to find his books in, so if you're interested in SF as a reaction against powerful forces, Dick and Lem are great authors to get acquainted with.
  • mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
Now this is a great book ... not "great" as in just "good", but this should be up there in the category of "proper literature". This is the first book by Stanislaw Lem that I've read that wasn't science fiction in theme, but like all of his work, he tries to push the conventions, and succeeds wildly here.

The story is set as Poland is being invaded by Germany, and follows a young, disaffected Polish doctor as he goes to a family funeral and ends up staying in the area to practice at a rundown psychiatric hospital. The novel is about everything he sees there and his interactions with both patients and staff, and how it changes him.

Lem's writing is often obtuse to the average reader, but I've always found it enlightening, even if it has been translated into English; there's an extra layer of detail and feeling that comes from writing under a different social system that is intriguing. I think that's why I also enjoy so many Nordic authors as well. Like Lem, their works have a structure with a different rhythm than an Western/English writer.

I'd definitely recommend this one to any reader.
  • Kekinos
The symbolism and philosophical insight in this book is astounding. The setting is Poland, following the Nazi invasion, but it seems that by starting a new job in an insane asylum, the protagonist escapes the outside world and his "lost motherland" only to join an alien landscape where deranged and yet fascinating people live. You can almost see that even in his first book Lem was already thinking science fiction by reading some of the case histories of the patients. The story almost carries you to another world and until the last chapter you seem to forget the reality of the precarious situation that mental patients faced during Nazi occupation. While I truly enjoyed the story and the dialogues between Stefan and Sekulowski, this book lacks a coherent plot, and suffers from detailed focus into inconsequential details, such as the appearance of a graveyard in the winter and the rays of sunlight shining through the window of a room.
  • PanshyR
I loved this book. Lem's partially auto-biographical Transfiguration is set in a WWII era insane asylum in Poland. He tells a compelling story of a time and place when you had to look hard to tell the difference between the doctors and the patients.
  • Cesar
Lem's first novel. I can't wait to read it.