I was delighted to read such a thorough review, by Simon Ings, of Stanislaw Lem's Summa Technologiae - an amazing book which I had the pleasure to translate and which recently came out from University of Minnesota Press. Ings writes:
For Lem, the world itself is ironical. Even as you follow him, watch him rip out the signposts. Gawp in dismay as he assembles Potemkin villages on the barren skyline only to kick them into the dust. Then: walk on, back to brute being. The path appears to be straight. You know it's anything but. You know, deep down, that you will come by this place again.