Eden by Stanis?aw Lem

By Stanis?aw Lem

A six-man team crash-lands on Eden, fourth planet from one other solar. the boys discover a unusual global that grows ever stranger, and far and wide there are photos of loss of life. The crew's try to speak with this civilization ends up in violence and to a merciless truth-cruel accurately since it is so human. Translated by means of Marc E. Heine. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Der Pole, der sie versteckte, hat den kühnen faustischen Pakt mit trotzigem Heldenmut beschrieben: »Hitler hat vor, euch zu vernichten. « Um den Polen in der Dunkelheit wegen der Stromsperre die Zeit angenehm zu vertreiben, erzählte Reich jeden Abend Geschichten. Er benutzte dazu sein ganzes klassisches Repertoire. Machte aus Hamlet und Othello, aus Don Carlos und aus Faust spannende Geschichten, eine Art Scheherazade im Überlebenskampf, »Tausendundeine Nacht« in lebensrettenden Geschichten. Ein makabrer Witz ist, dass Reichs Lebensretter erst nach seinem Tod in Israel, in Yad Vashem, mit einem Baum in der »Allee der Gerechten unter den Völkern« geehrt werden wollte.

Also der geht im Gebirge und verirrt sich, in den Alpen. Was? In den Dolomiten, also nicht in den Alpen, ist ja ganz egal. Also er geht da durch die Nacht, und da sieht er ein Licht, und er geht grade auf das Licht zu … laß mich doch erzählen!  … geht drauf zu, und da ist eine Hütte, da wohnen zwei Bauersleute drin. Ein Bauer und eine Bauersfrau. Der Bauer ist alt, und sie ist jung und hübsch, ja, sie ist jung. Die liegen schon im Bett. Nein, die liegen noch nicht im Bett …« �Meine Frau kann keine Witze erzählen.

Zumindest nicht der folgende, in dem es um Religion und Atheismus geht und der einen kämpferischen Atheisten und einen altersmüden Bischof zu Protagonisten hat. Die beiden gehen, in einen »Gibt es Gott? «-Disput verwickelt, am Wiener Ring entlang. Und man hört Fetzen ihres erregten Dialogs. « Und der Bischof: »Sehen Sie, das ist der Unterschied zwischen mir und Ihnen. « – Ich glaube, weil es unvernünftig ist. Umso unvernünftiger ist es, dass sich Menschen deswegen oder unter dem Vorwand des Glaubens bis heute die Köpfe einschlagen, dass es Männer gibt, die sich und andere für das Versprechen umbringen, im Paradies dafür von willigen Jungfrauen empfangen zu werden.

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