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Lospedale dei dannati ePUB ☆ Lospedale dei ePUB

Lospedale dei dannati [KINDLE] ✽ Lospedale dei dannati Author Stanisław Lem – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Considerato lo studente più intelligente della Polonia meridionale uando nel 1939 i nazisti invasero il suo paese Stanislaw Lem dovette pagare un falsario per occultare le sue origini ebraiche trasfi Considerato lo studente più intelligente della Polonia meridionale uando nel i nazisti invasero il suo paese Stanislaw Lem dovette pagare un falsario per occultare le sue origini ebraiche trasfigurando così il suo presente e il suo Lospedale dei ePUB ´ passato Si fece assumere come meccanico in un'officina dove escogitò una serie di guasti a scoppio ritardato che i tedeschi subirono senza mai riuscire a risalire al responsabile Partecipò attivamente alla resistenza e all'organizzazione creata per convogliare nel ghetto cibo e medicine A partire dalla sua terribile esperienza Lem scrisse tra il e il uesta storia ambientata in un ospedale psichiatrico una sorta di inferno governato da un direttore crudele dove si è rifugiato a lavorare il giovane medico protagonista Attorno all'ospedale impazza l'altro inferno uello spietato dell'occupazione nazista A un certo punto alla ricerca di alcuni ebrei che si sospetta si facciano passare per malati di mente uesto secondo inferno abbatte le porte del primo Tale descrizione della guerra associata a uelle di pratiche crudeli verso i malati di mente non piacue alla censura polacca.


10 thoughts on “Lospedale dei dannati

  1. Spacewanderer Spacewanderer says:

    A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I had ever read Stanislaw Lem and I said no To that he said well you should And to that I said I will So I did and by the end of the first chapter of Hospital of the Transfiguration I knew Lem was going to be come one of my all time favorite authorsNot sci fi a genre in which Lem is well known Hospital of the Transfiguration is a semi autobiographical novel about a doctor working in an asylum in German occupied Poland during WWII The story is well paced and both hilarious and profoundly sad the characters are complex and likable and the prose unbelievably good Perhaps some of the credit for the prose should go to the translator but if he wanted fame he shouldn't have become a translator To make a point I'm not going to even mention his name Without giving too much away the novel includes the main character contemplating eating a ham sandwich over an open grave vivid descriptions of the insane acts of kindness poets snapping under pressure Nazis being mean and what I think is a reference to oral sex All really entertaining stuffI have but two criticisms 1 Polish names are about as graceful and easy to read as German names so getting all the characters straight can be a chore; and 2 the cover illustration is too awesome for words so I'm not going to discuss it any furtherbecause there are no words


  2. James James says:

    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 conuered 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


  3. Christian Schwoerke Christian Schwoerke says:

    This novel was a revelation So very unlike Lem’s other novels this one stands out for its apparentseeming roots in autobiography and for its depiction of family and the other commonplaces of literary fiction There is a hint of Kafka and there is a hint of Saroyan or possibly any other warm hearted chronicler of extended peasantpaisan family and there is something akin to Heller’s Yossarian in the author’s stand in young medical student Stefan Trzyniecki These are all very loose associations because this novel is sui generis maybe not in all of literature but certainly in Lem’s oeuvre Written shortly after the second world war—when Poland was absorbed by Russian forces and had to submit to yet another regime change—this novel was censoredsuppressed until 1956 but which time Lem had already figured out that science fiction was an easier route to expressionpublicationThe story meanders and is loosely structured itself a fair representation of the period it describes shortly after the Nazis had overrun the country in 1939 and displaced leadership and began to institute social change Stefan has recently graduated from medical school and he reluctantly returns to his village for the funeral of his uncle At this funeral he hears from a former med school student that there’s a job to be had at the nearby insane asylumpsychiatric hospital the Christo TransfiguratoWithout much ado Stefan is taken on at the hospital and he uickly learns the ropes which entails proper dosing patient interviews paperwork and desultory rounds through the different wings and grounds of the hospital There are numerous “characters” both inmates and staff and Stefan becomes most ambivalently drawnrepulsed by “the genius” a poet who may or may not have had himself committed in order to avoid mundane responsibilities “out there” He and Stefan engage in philosophical discussion and Stefan always feels belittled in the genius’s presence A sense of inadeuacyhumiliation also pervades his relations with an attractive affectless female staff member with whom he fails to connect and for whom he develops a faltering compensatory antipathy There are other instances of inadeuacyhumiliation when dealing with patients whom he can’t seem to helpLike the genius Stefan feels himself at the hospital in an oasis separate and isolated from the concerns of what lies outside Nonetheless in his rambles outside the hospitalasylum Stefan becomes aware of an active resistance movement which has its base at a nearby power station He is bemused that the commonplace civilians he sees at the power station have such ambitions Later when he hears that the Nazis have found a weapons cache at the power station and have killed the manager Stefan is suddenly conscious that “out there” and “in here” are proximate than he’d imagined The novel’s climax comes with the takeover of the hospital by Nazi forces While the staff is held prisoner they are all auditory witness to the execution of the hospital patients shot and dropped into a mass pit they’d been forced to dig Stefan and others flee from the hospital into the woods The novel ends when in the mix of bewildering sensations surrounding his flight Stefan finds himself somehow in the arms of the affectless female staff member making love The scene is almost comic in its isolation from events and yet it still harkened in my mind to Steinbeck’s conclusion to Grapes of Wrath where the pathos was manifestThe Hospital of the Transfiguration is a beguiling blend of the spoken and unspoken of the literal and the poetic a straight forward record and a subtle satire The accounts of Stefan’s states of mindheart are rendered with a fine touch limning what appears on the surface then intimating through action and terseness something withheld It’s the language of the author who must circumvent totalitarian control The oddity of course is that RussianCommunist authorities felt a need to suppress the book when Lem’s subject is Nazi not Soviet barbarism Something in this suggests Russian authorities sensed how easily one totalitarianism might stand in for another


  4. James F James F says:

    Hospital of the Transfiguration was Lem's first novel written in 1948 but not allowed to be published until 1956 The main character is Stefan a young man from a once noble family who has recently been licensed as a physician; the book opens with him attending the funeral of an uncle As he is about to return to the city he meets a friend from medical school who invites him to apply for a position at a nearby lunatic asylum the Hospital of the Transfiguration The remainder of the novel with the exception of a visit to his dying father takes place at the asylum The novel is set in 1939 1940 at the beginning of the German occupation of Poland which is always present in the background although it only comes to the foreground in the last chapterUnlike Lem's later work this is not science fiction; it seems in some ways like a historical novel but since it was written less than a decade after the events it probably should be considered a psychological realist novel Through most of the novel there is not really any connected plot; rather it is a series of vignettes or character studies of family members doctors patients and others with whom Stefan comes in contact which gives it a rather fragmented style Much space is given to conversations on philosophy and literature between Stefan and a famous cynical or nihilistic poet who is not exactly a patient but has obvious psychological issues The novel considers many of the same philosophical uestions that permeate his later science fiction works It differs from them in being the only work as far as I know which is actually set in Poland and with Polish characters; his science fiction generally has either Western or cosmopolitan future charactersEven in this first novel one can appreciate Lem's ability as a writer although I wasn't totally satisfied with the occasionally awkward translation


  5. verde GRI verde GRI says:

    One thing I like about this book is that Stanislaw Lem resisted the temptation of presenting his main character as special Stefan a young doctor in an insane asylum is nothing but an ordinary individual An intelectual but with an I not over the board no major professional accomplishments or interests for what it matters and not necessarily anything outstanding about his personality or character The bulk of the book is not centered around Nazis' occupation in Poland But mostly around Stefan's daily life interactions with various people sane or not extraordinary or not My hesitation in ranking this book to a max 5 arises from the abrupt and puzzling turn in the end of the story of which I will not provide details to avoid a case of spoiler alert Definitely a book to read and an intersting example of Lem's turn from scifi into a different genre


  6. Nela Nela says:

    the writing makes you sure it’s one of Lem’s early works it’s very dense and not always flowing well But the story is great and poses many important uestions combining philosophy and contemporary No doubt worth a read if you want something aside of the author’s mindblowing sci fi


  7. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk says:

    This is a superb book but I can understand Lem fans being puzzled by it It was his first book and is semi autobiographical being written not long after the War It starts with a funeral and that strange disassociation one gets when mixing with members of the family one does not often meet or know than superficially It then moves on to the hospital the Mental Institution where everything takes on a surreal drifting uality things are observed in crisp detail but as if through a fog All comes into sharp focus as the harsh reality of the insane world interposes


  8. Teb Teb says:

    Really strange book Probably the strangest of Lem's books I've read so far Surprisignly this is the only one taking place in twentieth century and with historical backgroundWell I haven't written anything about plot my impressions etc which you should include in review but I think I need some time to make conclusions Yes that's one of those books that leave you silent for a uite some time after finishingMaybe it's not a masterpiece or maybe is? but I recommend it to everyone especially to people who are not so much into Lem science fiction


  9. Mateusz Olszewski Mateusz Olszewski says:

    Lem's first novel differs much from the latter works because it touches subject of the fresh memories of war it was written in 1948 and the uncertainty of the human purpose Probably the most personal since Lem just like the protagonist doubted his whole life in the after life redemption Leaving us with situations with no reasonable explanations and pondering about human psyche it was cathartic sad yet soothing read


  10. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    This book was very thought provoking The characters are realistic and variable and the setting of an insane asylum an unusual one As the book progressed it became disturbing and ultimately the inmates were less dangerous and crazy than the rest of the world


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10 thoughts on “Lospedale dei dannati

  1. Spacewanderer Spacewanderer says:

    A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I had ever read Stanislaw Lem and I said no To that he said well you should And to that I said I will So I did and by the end of the first chapter of Hospital of the Transfiguration I knew Lem was going to be come one of my all time favorite authorsNot sci fi a genre in which Lem is well known Hospital of the Transfiguration is a semi autobiographical novel about a doctor working in an asylum in German occupied Poland during WWII The story is well paced and both hilarious and profoundly sad the characters are complex and likable and the prose unbelievably good Perhaps some of the credit for the prose should go to the translator but if he wanted fame he shouldn't have become a translator To make a point I'm not going to even mention his name Without giving too much away the novel includes the main character contemplating eating a ham sandwich over an open grave vivid descriptions of the insane acts of kindness poets snapping under pressure Nazis being mean and what I think is a reference to oral sex All really entertaining stuffI have but two criticisms 1 Polish names are about as graceful and easy to read as German names so getting all the characters straight can be a chore; and 2 the cover illustration is too awesome for words so I'm not going to discuss it any furtherbecause there are no words

  2. James James says:

    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 conuered 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

  3. Christian Schwoerke Christian Schwoerke says:

    This novel was a revelation So very unlike Lem’s other novels this one stands out for its apparentseeming roots in autobiography and for its depiction of family and the other commonplaces of literary fiction There is a hint of Kafka and there is a hint of Saroyan or possibly any other warm hearted chronicler of extended peasantpaisan family and there is something akin to Heller’s Yossarian in the author’s stand in young medical student Stefan Trzyniecki These are all very loose associations because this novel is sui generis maybe not in all of literature but certainly in Lem’s oeuvre Written shortly after the second world war—when Poland was absorbed by Russian forces and had to submit to yet another regime change—this novel was censoredsuppressed until 1956 but which time Lem had already figured out that science fiction was an easier route to expressionpublicationThe story meanders and is loosely structured itself a fair representation of the period it describes shortly after the Nazis had overrun the country in 1939 and displaced leadership and began to institute social change Stefan has recently graduated from medical school and he reluctantly returns to his village for the funeral of his uncle At this funeral he hears from a former med school student that there’s a job to be had at the nearby insane asylumpsychiatric hospital the Christo TransfiguratoWithout much ado Stefan is taken on at the hospital and he uickly learns the ropes which entails proper dosing patient interviews paperwork and desultory rounds through the different wings and grounds of the hospital There are numerous “characters” both inmates and staff and Stefan becomes most ambivalently drawnrepulsed by “the genius” a poet who may or may not have had himself committed in order to avoid mundane responsibilities “out there” He and Stefan engage in philosophical discussion and Stefan always feels belittled in the genius’s presence A sense of inadeuacyhumiliation also pervades his relations with an attractive affectless female staff member with whom he fails to connect and for whom he develops a faltering compensatory antipathy There are other instances of inadeuacyhumiliation when dealing with patients whom he can’t seem to helpLike the genius Stefan feels himself at the hospital in an oasis separate and isolated from the concerns of what lies outside Nonetheless in his rambles outside the hospitalasylum Stefan becomes aware of an active resistance movement which has its base at a nearby power station He is bemused that the commonplace civilians he sees at the power station have such ambitions Later when he hears that the Nazis have found a weapons cache at the power station and have killed the manager Stefan is suddenly conscious that “out there” and “in here” are proximate than he’d imagined The novel’s climax comes with the takeover of the hospital by Nazi forces While the staff is held prisoner they are all auditory witness to the execution of the hospital patients shot and dropped into a mass pit they’d been forced to dig Stefan and others flee from the hospital into the woods The novel ends when in the mix of bewildering sensations surrounding his flight Stefan finds himself somehow in the arms of the affectless female staff member making love The scene is almost comic in its isolation from events and yet it still harkened in my mind to Steinbeck’s conclusion to Grapes of Wrath where the pathos was manifestThe Hospital of the Transfiguration is a beguiling blend of the spoken and unspoken of the literal and the poetic a straight forward record and a subtle satire The accounts of Stefan’s states of mindheart are rendered with a fine touch limning what appears on the surface then intimating through action and terseness something withheld It’s the language of the author who must circumvent totalitarian control The oddity of course is that RussianCommunist authorities felt a need to suppress the book when Lem’s subject is Nazi not Soviet barbarism Something in this suggests Russian authorities sensed how easily one totalitarianism might stand in for another

  4. James F James F says:

    Hospital of the Transfiguration was Lem's first novel written in 1948 but not allowed to be published until 1956 The main character is Stefan a young man from a once noble family who has recently been licensed as a physician; the book opens with him attending the funeral of an uncle As he is about to return to the city he meets a friend from medical school who invites him to apply for a position at a nearby lunatic asylum the Hospital of the Transfiguration The remainder of the novel with the exception of a visit to his dying father takes place at the asylum The novel is set in 1939 1940 at the beginning of the German occupation of Poland which is always present in the background although it only comes to the foreground in the last chapterUnlike Lem's later work this is not science fiction; it seems in some ways like a historical novel but since it was written less than a decade after the events it probably should be considered a psychological realist novel Through most of the novel there is not really any connected plot; rather it is a series of vignettes or character studies of family members doctors patients and others with whom Stefan comes in contact which gives it a rather fragmented style Much space is given to conversations on philosophy and literature between Stefan and a famous cynical or nihilistic poet who is not exactly a patient but has obvious psychological issues The novel considers many of the same philosophical uestions that permeate his later science fiction works It differs from them in being the only work as far as I know which is actually set in Poland and with Polish characters; his science fiction generally has either Western or cosmopolitan future charactersEven in this first novel one can appreciate Lem's ability as a writer although I wasn't totally satisfied with the occasionally awkward translation

  5. verde GRI verde GRI says:

    One thing I like about this book is that Stanislaw Lem resisted the temptation of presenting his main character as special Stefan a young doctor in an insane asylum is nothing but an ordinary individual An intelectual but with an I not over the board no major professional accomplishments or interests for what it matters and not necessarily anything outstanding about his personality or character The bulk of the book is not centered around Nazis' occupation in Poland But mostly around Stefan's daily life interactions with various people sane or not extraordinary or not My hesitation in ranking this book to a max 5 arises from the abrupt and puzzling turn in the end of the story of which I will not provide details to avoid a case of spoiler alert Definitely a book to read and an intersting example of Lem's turn from scifi into a different genre

  6. Nela Nela says:

    the writing makes you sure it’s one of Lem’s early works it’s very dense and not always flowing well But the story is great and poses many important uestions combining philosophy and contemporary No doubt worth a read if you want something aside of the author’s mindblowing sci fi

  7. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk says:

    This is a superb book but I can understand Lem fans being puzzled by it It was his first book and is semi autobiographical being written not long after the War It starts with a funeral and that strange disassociation one gets when mixing with members of the family one does not often meet or know than superficially It then moves on to the hospital the Mental Institution where everything takes on a surreal drifting uality things are observed in crisp detail but as if through a fog All comes into sharp focus as the harsh reality of the insane world interposes

  8. Teb Teb says:

    Really strange book Probably the strangest of Lem's books I've read so far Surprisignly this is the only one taking place in twentieth century and with historical backgroundWell I haven't written anything about plot my impressions etc which you should include in review but I think I need some time to make conclusions Yes that's one of those books that leave you silent for a uite some time after finishingMaybe it's not a masterpiece or maybe is? but I recommend it to everyone especially to people who are not so much into Lem science fiction

  9. Mateusz Olszewski Mateusz Olszewski says:

    Lem's first novel differs much from the latter works because it touches subject of the fresh memories of war it was written in 1948 and the uncertainty of the human purpose Probably the most personal since Lem just like the protagonist doubted his whole life in the after life redemption Leaving us with situations with no reasonable explanations and pondering about human psyche it was cathartic sad yet soothing read

  10. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    This book was very thought provoking The characters are realistic and variable and the setting of an insane asylum an unusual one As the book progressed it became disturbing and ultimately the inmates were less dangerous and crazy than the rest of the world

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