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Hospital of the Transfiguration
Jul 16, 2008
Lem's books are always bleak. That's partly why I read him as often as I do, but this one was by far the bleakest. Undoubtedly because of where and when the story takes place-Poland in the winter of 1939 and the following Spring and Summer. The loss of hope and identity suffered by the conquered Poles permeates every line of the story and even the smallest events like the leaves changing colors or the breathing of a family member dying of old age. Lem describes the futility of everything under the occupation expertly without ever bringing German soldiers into the story until the very end. By that time, I knew what to expect but was still horrified and surprised at the outcome.
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July 16, 2008 – Shelved
July 29, 2008 – Finished Reading