Highcastle: A Remembrance

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MIT Press
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. His books have been translated into forty-one languages and have sold over twenty-seven million copies. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris, The Cyberiad, and His Master's Voice.


"An entire vanished world has been lovingly and quirkily recalled in this pages."

--New York Times

"Remarkably candid....interlaced with soaring reflections on art, memory, innocence, faith and myth."

--Publishers Weekly

"A charming, effervescent memoir from a writer who consistently transcends genre."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Reading classic SF can put current conversations in the book world in an interesting new perspective, and MIT Press' commitment to publishing the works of Stanislaw Lem brings the classics back in a neatly packaged format. Highcastle in particular may be interesting to newcomers or classic fans who want to learn about the famous author's influences."

--Den of Geek

"The release of these new volumes seems to expand the possibilities of what a university publisher can do."


"Fourteen years after his death, the universe is still struggling to catch up with the vast creative force that was Stanislaw Lem. And for my money, it won't be surpassing him anytime soon...Enjoying the genius of Lem requires readerly dexterity and a willingness to go wherever the author takes you...These marvelous, absorbing and often hilarious books make our weary universe seem pale and undistinguished by comparison."

--The Washington Post

"In Highcastle, Lem describes himself as a 'monster' who tore apart his toys. He recalls sneaking looks at his father's anatomy textbooks and poking through items removed from patients' tracheae: coins, safety pins, sprouted beans. He loved to create imaginary bureaucracies, manufacturing identity papers for nonexistent sovereigns and deeds to distant empires."

--The New Yorker