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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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Investigating the Investigation

Investigating the Investigation

Mystery Narratives in The Investigation and The Chain of Chance

(p.43) 3. Investigating the Investigation

David Seed


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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