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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, 273 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Piasa Books
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Ragnarok
Sep 04, 2012 Ragnarok rated it liked it
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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Aug 24, 2015 J.j. Metsavana rated it it was amazing
Hubertahi loo parimaks iseloomustuseks oleks sõna "painav". Tegemist on kompromissitult kõige jälgima ja koledama postaokalüptilise looga mida olen lugenud. Enamus teisi karme tekste on selle kõrval ikka kui utoopiad. Lugu on ise sellest kuidas tulevikus äärmiselt radioaktiivses maailmas kasvatatakse lapsi ikka kohe kümme tükki korraga suurtes maa alustes kambrites. Lastakse neil natuke kasvada ja õppida ja vaadatakse siis üle mis välja tuli. Jutu peategelane osutub ainsaks, kes inimese nime saa ...more
Alex Radtke
Mar 13, 2016 Alex Radtke rated it really liked it
Kandel's work in translating Polish authors cannot be commended enough. In this set of 5 short stories, he succeeds in conveying the authors' wild imagination - often times way off the wall - and that is a feat in it's own right. There's really only one stinker in the bunch ("A Cage Full of Angels"), which is also thankfully the shortest. The others:

Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo.
To me, probably the most distinctive story here. After a presumed Nuclear War, humans have been so badly damaged by rad
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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
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