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Harcourt, 1970 - Fiction - 204 pages
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A classic work of science fiction by renowned Polish novelist and satirist Stanislaw Lem


When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the living physical likeness of a long-dead lover. Others examining the planet, Kelvin learns, are plagued with their own repressed and newly corporeal memories. The Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates these incarnate memories, though its purpose in doing so is unknown, forcing the scientists to shift the focus of their quest and wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.

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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

I had tried Lem before in the form of The Cyberiad and A Perfect Vacuum and wasn't able to get through either. I'm glad I didn't give up on him, though, as Solaris is one of the finest pieces of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

The Tarkovski film has haunted me for 30 years so when I managed to get both the book and film simultaneously I thought I'd read the book first. At over 3 hours the Tarkovsky film felt longer than the ... Read full review

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Stanislaw Lem, a Polish author, is the best known and most widely translated science fiction writer outside the English-speaking world. His nearly thirty books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have sold twenty million copies worldwide. Lem's other works include The Cyberiad, The Futurological Congress, Peace on Earth, Mortal Engines, and Tales of Pirx the Pilot, all available in English-language translations from Harvest.

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