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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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Lem, Cervantes, and Metafiction

Lem, Cervantes, and Metafiction

Peace on Earth and Fiasco

Chapter:
(p.159) 8. Lem, Cervantes, and Metafiction
Source:
Lemography
Author(s):

Kenneth Krabbenhoft

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0008

This chapter studies the conundrum presented by Stanislaw Lem’s last two novels, Peace on Earth and Fiasco, which bristle with self-referential and self-reflexive allusions to Lem's previous works. The common themes in the two novels owe to Lem’s ever-deepening skepticism about the limitations of human knowledge and moral reasoning. In turn, they point to Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote which enunciates the same skeptical concerns through metafiction and manipulation of parody, irony, paradox, ambiguity, and narrative recursiveness.

Keywords:   Stanislaw Lem, Peace on Earth, Fiasco, Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote, metafiction

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