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O weterologii Stanisława Lema
On veterology in Stanisław Lem

Author(s): Wojciech Michera
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Stanisław Lem; literary ontology; retrognosis

Summary/Abstract: The issue of ‘existence of the nonentity’ in Stanisław Lem’s discourse is usually connected with the description of an ontic quality of ‘literature’; secretly, it also refers to ‘the world’. First, the notion of ‘retrognosis’ is discussed, as a ‘symptom’, in the Author’s opinion, of Lem’s hidden weaknesses: it appears in the text on Borges and instantly disappears mysteriously. It is a ‘subversive’ notion, by necessity undermining the certainty of data of a perfect tense, thus making any forecasting unfeasible. Next, two ‘neantological’ short stories from Cyberiada collection: 'Jak ocalał świat' [‘How the world was saved’] and 'Wyprawa trzecia, czyli smoki prawdopodobieństwa' [‘Trek Three, or, Dragons of probability’] are analysed.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 147-165
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish