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Stanisław Lem

Stanislaw Lem is an author of science-fiction, satire and philosophy books. His words are known all over the world – they were translated into 41 languages which make him most translated Polish author.

Lem was born in Lviv in 1921 (that time Lviv was a Polish city) and he spent his childhood there. In 1940 he started studying medicine, but because of World War II he had to suspend his studies. In 1946 he moved to Cracow and finished studies. In that time he wrote his first stories. In 1982 he left Poland for 6 years because of the political situation. He died in 2006.

Stanislaw Lem is an author of : novel, stories, essays, feature of science-fiction articles . He wrote about space travels, the future of our civilisation, A.I., utopias etc. His literature had an impact on a lot of other writers.

His most popular novel is “Solaris”. It is a story about scientists who are conducting research on the new planet called Solaris. They are trying to understand the mystery of the ocean on that planet. “Solaris” was filmed three times – the last time was in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh. In that adaptation the main role is played by George Clooney. Lem’s other famous books are: The Man from Mars, Fables for Robots, The Cyberiad and the philosophical essays Summa Technologiae.

For his work, he received a lot of awards such as Order of the White Eagle – Poland’s highest decoration. He was one of the candidates for the 1980 Nobel Price which was awarded to Czeslaw Milosz, a Polish poet.

text by Anna Omiecińska
phot. by Aleksander Jałosiński

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