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LemographyStanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World$
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Peter Swirski and Waclaw M. Osadnik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381205

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.001.0001

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date: 15 December 2017

Investigating the Investigation

Investigating the Investigation

Mystery Narratives in The Investigation and The Chain of Chance

Chapter:
(p.43) 3. Investigating the Investigation
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Lemography
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David Seed

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0003

This chapter studies Stanislaw Lem’s twin detective novels, The Investigation and The Chain of Chance. Both self-consciously comment on the nature of the investigative process as much as they dwell on the discovery of evidence. The first book, which refuses to offer a conclusive resolution, leaves the reader juggling possibilities instead. The second foregrounds the meta-physical nature of the investigative process, employing a narrator who collapses the distinction between action hero and detached observer and leaving the reader to speculate on the complex relation between chance and causality.

Keywords:   Stanislaw Lem, The Investigation, The Chain of Chance, detective novels, chance and causality

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