A Polish Book of Monsters
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A Polish Book of Monsters contains five stories of speculative fiction edited and translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel, award-winning translator of the fiction of Stanislaw Lem. From dystopian science fiction to fabled fantasy, these dark tales grip us through the authors' ability to create utterly convincing alien worlds that nonetheless reflect our own.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Piasa Books
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I got this book since Michael Kandel is the virtuoso translator of Stanislaw Lem's books and I was interested in reading more Polish sci-fi. The stories within are not at all what I expected coming from Lem - for one many of them are at least as much fantasy as sci-fi. None are very technically-minded, and three present a curious view of the future where magic and high technology seem to coexist. They are all breathtaking in their originality - I can't begin to imagine how the last story by Jace...more
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Michael Kandel (born 1941) is an American translator and author of science fiction.

Kandel was born into Polish Jewish family. He received a doctorate in Slavistics from Indiana University, and is an editor at the Modern Language Association. Kandel is also a part-time editor at Harcourt, editing (among others) Ursula K. Le Guin's work.

Kandel is perhaps best known for his translations of the works...more
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