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Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel

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First published in German in 1913 and widely considered to be Paul Scheerbart's masterpiece, Lesab'ndio is an intergalactic utopian novel that describes life on the planetoid Pallas, where rubbery suction-footed life forms with telescopic eyes smoke bubble-weed in mushroom meadows under violet skies and green stars. Amid the conveyor-belt highways and lighthouses weaving t ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Wakefield Press (first published June 1913)
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Richard
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lesabendio is an enjoyably weird and inventive story about a society of asexual salamander/snail-like beings, living on an asteroid called Pallas, and their quest to create, find, or become something greater than themselves. Their struggle to realize their ideas often puts them at odds with each other and causes irrevocable changes to their culture and the ecology of their planet (which tend to feedback on themselves, causing even more upheaval).

So, you could look at this as kind of an allegory
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Rowan Tepper
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why on earth (or Pallas) did it take nearly a century for this book to appear in English translation? Otherworldly yet compelling, meaningful in relation to life - yet no mere allegory - and an absolute pleasure to read. Echoes of Fourier, Blanqui and Buddhism (in Space) - no wonder Walter Benjamin was a fan, as I now am.
Jennifer
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: translated, sf, owned, fiction
I discovered this book from some end-of-the-year wrap-up, best books some person read in 2014, and I was fascinated, so I special-ordered it at my local bookstore.

In the beginning this book was so foreign that it was a significant amount of work to parse: the alien world, their bodies, their culture, their technologies... But once the work was put in, I turned a corner and absolutely loved this book, for reasons that are hard to describe. First of all, while there is struggle in this book, it is
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Tijmen Lansdaal
This book mostly focuses on describing an asteroidsystem and its odd inhabitants. Sadly, although much of it is quirky enough to pique one's interest, much of the story feels somewhat insignificant. The main character, Lesabéndio, undertakes a Babel-like construction project that may stir some unrest in his/her/its companions, but did not excite me one bit. Towards the end it gets more interesting, and at times touching, but it's altogether too romantic and lighthearted to really pull you in.
Kevin
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Really an odd book: written before WWI, about an adventurous and discovery-hungry society of worm-like creatures that live on an asteroid. There's a great deal of imaginative detail in the workings of this strange world, although the scifi aspects of the story truely take a backseat to the philosophical ponderings that dominate the second half of the story. Are interesting, free read - if you have the time.
Old Greg
A strange, full, imaginative and easily digestible early 20th century german novel about viscous toilet plunger-like people who live a communal fantasy, not without cutting a few heads, and absorb their friends and enemies personalities, and physical bodies, in their monomaniacal quest to build a giant steel penis that will penetrate the spider-web-like pubic hair of their stratosphere.
Gerhard Schoeman
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paul-scheerbart
If the perfect diamond would be pure light, this book is perfect.
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