History Creator / StanislawLem

26th Mar '18 11:42:29 PM Veanne
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* LostInTranslation: Lem's love of puns and wordplay often make him a daunting task for a translator. For example, his SF whodunnit ''Katar'' is translated into English as ''The Chain of Chance'', but is often dubbed ''The Cold'', from its Polish title. Unfortunately the Polish word "katar" ''does not'' mean "cold", it just means "runny nose": the hero didn't have a cold, but a hay fever ("katar sienny") -- which was an important plot point, but was lost on the translator. ''The Cyberiad'' and ''Mortal Engines'' are regarded as particularly difficult to translate, since they are written in an idiosyncratic style that relies on the Polish rules of word coinage to create archaic-sounding neologisms.

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* LostInTranslation: Lem's love of puns and wordplay often make makes him a daunting task for a translator. For example, his SF whodunnit ''Katar'' is translated into English as ''The Chain of Chance'', but is often dubbed ''The Cold'', from its Polish title. Unfortunately Except the Polish word "katar" ''does not'' mean "cold", it just ''actually'' means "runny nose": nose" and is just used for mild colds metonimically (as in DefinitelyJustACold): what the hero didn't have a cold, but a had was hay fever ("katar sienny") -- which was an important plot point, but was lost on the translator. ''The Cyberiad'' and ''Mortal Engines'' are regarded as particularly difficult to translate, since they are written in an idiosyncratic style that relies on the Polish rules of word coinage to create archaic-sounding neologisms.
20th Dec '17 9:23:36 PM Nylsa
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* ''Literature/The Futurological Congress'' (Kongres futurologiczny, 1971)

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* ''Literature/The ''The Futurological Congress'' (Kongres futurologiczny, 1971)



* AltumVidetur: More frequently in his non-fictional works. Arguably, that was less a personal trait of Lem than it was common for the educated Poles as a whole. Due the immense influence the CatholicChurch and its liturgical language, Latin, had in Polish culture and history, literary Polish itself became heavily Latinized, and it shows.

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* AltumVidetur: More frequently in his non-fictional works. Arguably, that was less a personal trait of Lem than it was common for the educated Poles as a whole. Due the immense influence the CatholicChurch [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Catholic Church]] and its liturgical language, Latin, had in Polish culture and history, literary Polish itself became heavily Latinized, and it shows.



* AuthorTract: Some of the Ijon Tichy stories arguably qualify; but it's usually subtle and well-written.

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* AuthorTract: Some of the Ijon Tichy stories arguably qualify; qualify, but it's usually subtle and well-written.



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Ijon Tichy experiences this in ''Literature/TheFuturologicalCongress'' after he and his colleagues are dosed with powerful hallucinogenic drugs by a terrorist group.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Ijon Tichy experiences this in ''Literature/TheFuturologicalCongress'' ''The Futurological Congress'' after he and his colleagues are dosed with powerful hallucinogenic drugs by a terrorist group.
20th Dec '17 9:12:35 PM Nylsa
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* CreatorBacklash: Against his first published novel ''The Astronauts'' and his even earlier short story "Man from Mars".



* ExecutiveMeddling: And they were [[BigBrotherIsWatching party executives]]! He was forced into [[{{Sequelitis}} creating two sequels of]] ''Hospital of the Transfiguration'', because [[HappyEnding happy endings]] were mandatory at the time. A few paragraphs praising communism in ''The Astronauts'' also qualify.



* OldShame: He said that ''The Astronauts'' (his first sci-fi novel) lacks any value.
** To the point [[OrwellianEditor he sometimes prohibited re-publishing books he didn't like]].
8th Mar '16 1:55:14 PM eroock
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* GreyGoo: The nanoparticles in ''The Invincible''.

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* GreyGoo: The nanoparticles spontaneously created population of microautomata destroying all intelligence in ''The Invincible''.
8th Mar '16 1:53:50 PM eroock
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* GreyGoo: The nanoparticles in ''The Invincible''.
8th Mar '16 1:42:18 PM eroock
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->''"These days no one ever reads anything. If they read, they don't understand. If they read and understand - they forget immediately."''
-->-- attributed to Lem in an interview

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->''"These days no one ever reads anything. If they read, they don't understand. If they read and understand - -- they forget immediately."''
-->-- attributed Attributed to Lem in an interview
16th Jan '16 2:14:25 AM Anddrix
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->''"These days no one ever reads anything. [[ViewersAreMorons If they read, they don't understand. If they read and understand - they forget immediately.]]"''

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->''"These days no one ever reads anything. [[ViewersAreMorons If they read, they don't understand. If they read and understand - they forget immediately.]]"''"''
21st Sep '15 9:28:51 AM NTC3
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24th Jul '15 12:42:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''HisMastersVoice'' (Głos Pana, 1968, trans. 1983)

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* ''HisMastersVoice'' ''Literature/HisMastersVoice'' (Głos Pana, 1968, trans. 1983)
19th May '15 3:21:14 AM Veanne
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* ''The Futurological Congress'' (Kongres futurologiczny, 1971)

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* ''The ''Literature/The Futurological Congress'' (Kongres futurologiczny, 1971)



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Ijon Tichy experiences this in ''TheFuturologicalCongress'' after he and his colleagues are dosed with powerful hallucinogenic drugs by a terrorist group.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Ijon Tichy experiences this in ''TheFuturologicalCongress'' ''Literature/TheFuturologicalCongress'' after he and his colleagues are dosed with powerful hallucinogenic drugs by a terrorist group.
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