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Кадр из фильма «Безмолвная звезда» по роману Станислава Лема «Астронавты», реж. Курт Метциг, совместное производство ГДР-Польша, фото: пресс-материалы

Do the sci-fi visions of the future in Stanisław Lem’s books hide their author’s traumatic past as a Holocaust survivor? And why has this fact eluded readers and researchers for more than half a century?

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Tribeca Film Center and Columbia University have organised a rediscovery of Piotr Szulkin’s works. It was followed by a panel featuring critics, who discussed the universal character of the director’s works - which aren't that well known in the USA.

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While Poland was obviously not in the front row of powers competing in the space race, it did engage successfully in an altogether different race. Its stake was representing what space and alien civilizations may actually sound like.

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Stanisław Lem, Kraków, 1971, photo: Jakub Grelowski/PAP

One of the most respected thinkers and Science Fiction writers of the past century. Born in Lviv in 1921, died in 2006 in Kraków.

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