Stanisław Lem's reflections on the objects of his childhood home
Journey into the past with this excerpt from the acclaimed science-fiction author's memoir. From beds and books to toy-homicide: Stanisław Lem's memories from his younger years were forever shaped by the home he lived in, the objects that inhabited it and his relationship with his father. Listen to the wonderful, meditative excerpt from “Highcastle: A Remembrance" originally published in The MIT Press Reader. "The witnesses to my balcony adventures were two oleanders in large wooden tubs, one white and one pink. I lived with them on terms of neutrality; their presence neither pleased nor bothered me. Inside, there were also plants, distant and stunted relatives of the flora of the south: a rusty palm that kept dying but could not give up the ghost entirely, a philodendron with shiny leaves, and a tiny pine, or maybe it was a fir, which once a year produced clusters of fragrant, young, pale-green needles." More on the author: Stanisław Lem (1921–2006), a writer called “worthy of the Nobel Prize” by the New York Times, was an internationally renowned author of novels, short stories, literary criticism, and philosophical essays. His books have been translated into 44 languages and have sold more than 30 million copies.
From MIT Press Reader