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Pericalypsis, pangnosis and the ontology of Babel: the oddball bibliography of Stanislaw Lem

Bob Duckett (Bob Duckett is Reference Librarian, Bradford Libraries, a regular and frequent contributor to Reference Reviews and to Library Review.)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

This article features a number of reviews from A Perfect Vacuum by Stanlslaw Lem. These reviews, of non‐existent books, concern various aspects of reading, knowledge‐seeking and related epistemological issues. Through this bizarre literary device, Lem is able to raise a number of extreme, absurd and otherwise mind‐boggling ideas, somewhat in the surrealist style of Jorge Luís Borges. The reader is challenged to look afresh at traditional presuppositions and conventional wisdom. Such inspirational writing is a rare tonic.

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Duckett, B. (2000), "Pericalypsis, pangnosis and the ontology of Babel: the oddball bibliography of Stanislaw Lem", Library Review, Vol. 49 No. 1, pp. 22-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530010307850

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