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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538466
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 152
  • RRP: $29.99

Highcastle

A Remembrance



A playful, witty, reflective memoir of childhood by the science fiction master Stanisław Lem.With Highcastle, Stanisław Lem offers a memoir of his childhood and youth in prewar Lvov. Reflective, artful, witty, playful—“I was a monster,” he observes ruefully—this lively and charming book describes a youth spent reading voraciously (he was especially interested in medical texts and French novels), smashing toys, eating pastries, and being terrorized by insects. Often lonely, the young Lem believed that he could communicate with household objects—perhaps anticipating the sentient machines in the adult Lem's novels. Lem reveals his younger self to be a dreamer, driven by an unbridled imagination and boundless curiosity.
In the course of his reminiscing, Lem also ponders the nature of memory, innocence, and the imagination. Highcastle (the title refers to a nearby ruin) offers the portrait of a writer in his formative years.

  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538466
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 152
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem was a Polish author best known for his 1961 science fiction novel Solaris. He also wrote several other SF works including Eden (1959) and His Master's Voice (1968). Lem's books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over 45 million copies. He was awarded numerous honours for his writing, including the City of Kraków's Prize in Literature, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. Lem died in 2006, aged 84.

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Praise for Highcastle

“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 Stanisław 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." —LitHub "Fourteen years after his death, the universe is still struggling to catch up with the vast creative force that was Stanisław 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

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