Return from the Stars

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MIT Press
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Stanislaw Lem is an internationally revered Polish writer who has been translated into 41 languages and has sold over 45 million books worldwide. His acclaimed novel, Solaris, was adapted into a movie starring George Clooney. And Star Diaries is his popular short story collection from which The Seventh Voyage was taken.
"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 a cycle of melancholy sci-fi novels written in the late nineteen-fifties and sixties --Eden, Solaris, Return from the Stars, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, The Invincible, and His Master's Voice--Lem suggested that life in the future, however remote the setting and however different the technology, will be no less tragic. Astronauts disembark from a spaceship into the aftermath of an atrocity; scientists face an alien intelligence so unlike our own that their confidence in the special purpose of human life falters. Lem was haunted by the idea that losses can overwhelm the human capacity to apprehend them."
--The New Yorker

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

"The writing is leisurely and elaborate, with a lot of gorgeous descriptive set-pieces....Atypical work from a master, but carried off with characteristic panache."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Lem's thought-provoking, reissued 1961 classic explores the questionable utopia that has emerged on a vivid future Earth through the eyes of an astronaut recently returned from the Fomalhaut star system, 23 light years away."
--Publishers Weekly