Hospital of the Transfiguration

Hospital of the Transfiguration

by Stanisław Lem

Translated by William Brand.

A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

  • Series: Czas nieutracony
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.73
  • Pages: 228
  • Publish Date: April 30th 1991 by Mariner Books
  • Isbn10: 0156421763
  • Isbn13: 9780156421768

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Roman, genç bir doktorun, Polonyadaki ücra bir akl hastanesinde yaad deneyimler üzerinden ahlâk ve medeniyet kavramlarn sorguluyor. Dünya Savann iddetli zamanlarnda bir akl hastanesinde geçiyor. Bunun için taradaki bir akl hastanesine giderek orada çalmaya balar. Ancak bu tara hastanesi, d dünyadan münezzeh kalamayacak gürültünün kaynanda olmasa da ses dalgalarna maruz kalacaktr.

No está especializado en psiquiatría, pero el tiempo que pasa con los pacientes se convierte en su mejor forma de aprendizaje. Uno de los mejores personajes de todo el libro es, sin duda alguna, Sekulowski: un viejo poeta venido a menos que aún conserva su talento, y probablemente el enfermo más cuerdo de todo el sanatorio. Aún así, debo decir que (view spoiler)no me ha cuadrado mucho el romance que ha surgido al final entre Stefan y Nosilewska.

Unlike Lem's later work, this is not science fiction; it seems in some ways like a historical novel, but since it was written less than a decade after the events, it probably should be considered a psychological realist novel. The novel considers many of the same philosophical questions that permeate his later science fiction works.

El pesimismo que segrega la novela solo es comparable a la habilidad de Lem para hallar superficies refractarias allí donde parece que toda luz va a ser devorada.

So I did, and by the end of the first chapter of "Hospital of the Transfiguration" I knew Lem was going to be come one of my all time favorite authors. Not sci-fi, a genre in which Lem is well known, "Hospital of the Transfiguration" is a semi-autobiographical novel about a doctor working in an asylum in German-occupied Poland during WWII.

Lemin ilk srlrindn olub, 1948- ci ild yazd elmi- fantastik olmayan, psixoloji v sosrealizm ünsürlri ehtiva edn bir romandr. Janrn elmi- fantastik olub olmamas vacib d deyil. Bir baqas Stefann sfeh air Sekulowski il olan yazarlq, yazmaq v dünyaya dair dialoqlar v Stefann xst atasn yoluxmaa getmsi (blk son df görck olmas), hyat bard onunla etdiyi söhbt oldu. Hmçinin Lemin hyat il az da olsa tan birisi, romanda avtobioqrafik parçalarn olduunu görck (msln, eynil Lemin d müharib ucbatndan tibb thsilini yarda qoymu olmas kimi).

Y ahí vino mi bloqueo con el libro que tuve que parar e ir a leer otras cosas hasta que mi cerebro quiso volver, porque todo transcurre demasiado lento y cuesta verle un hilo al libro, pero es que pasa eso, el tipo se deja llevar por todo lo que pasa, así sea híper extraño, turbio, raro, lo asimila y lo deja pasar como una rareza más de la vida. En el hospital mi primer pensamiento fue: los doctores están más locos que los pacientes.

Definitely a book to read and an intersting example of Lem's turn from scifi into a different genre.

Stanisaw Lem (staiswaf lm) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent. In this work, Lem discusses philosophical implications of technologies that were completely in the realm of science fiction then, but are gaining importance todaylike, for instance, virtual reality and nanotechnology. Over the next few decades, he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical/futurological, although from the 1980s onwards he tended to concentrate on philosophical texts and essays.