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Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

I started a book club with my closest friends some years ago. It was initially inspired by Mortimer Adler’s “How to read a book?” and his 100 book selection in the appendix. Like any other community project, it quickly changed and took another shape, one that suited the participants better, in this case, two of my besties and me. The book club was renamed “Tarkovski Sound Machine” because of the surprising amount of books related to the Russian film director we ended up reading. The books I will suggest in the following newsletters are a selection of the top-rated books from this book club.

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem is a philosophical sci-fi thriller about a planet that appears to have a consciousness of its own. Kelvin, a young psychologist, is sent to the planet to unravel the mysteries regarding the crew currently studying Solaris. In there, he will face his inner demons while trying to communicate with the strange being.

This book sparked some of the most relevant discussions I’ve seen in a book club. One of the participants even compared the mind-blowing effect of the book to consuming psychedelics. And I must admit some of Solaris’s philosophical reflections still haunt me today. Somedays, I believe Solaris and Planet Earth are not so different, and that’s why reading Solaris is so relevant in the XXIst century.

Solaris is, without a doubt, one of the best novels I’ve encountered in my life. Using Sci-fi as a vehicle, Lem asks us some of the most critical questions that can be asked. I feel proud to suggest and share this book, and I hope it continues to spark new conversations among its readers.

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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