“hannah arendt” – Google News
2021 10 04
Some writers follow you through life. Some writers follow you from beyond the grave. I was seven in 1972 when Andrei Tarkovsky filmed Stanislaw Lem’s satirical sci-fi novel Solaris, 37 when Steven Soderbergh’s very different (and hugely underrated) Solaris came out, 40 when Lem died in 2006.
Since then a whole other Stanislaw Lem has arisen, reflected in philosophical work that, while widely available elsewhere, had to wait half a century or more for an English translation. In life I have nursed many regrets; that I didn’t learn Polish is not the least of them.
The point about Lem is that he writes about the future, predicting the way humanity’s inveterate tinkering will enable, pervert and frustrate its ordinary wants and desires. This isn’t