Where the literature ends? His Master’s Voice and Golem XIV — Stanisław Lem’s “relics of a novel”
The paper discusses the literary works of Polish science fiction writer — Stanisław Lem, particulary two of his late novels: His Master’s Voice (1968) and Golem XIV (1981). The essay focuses on the relics of a novel in these non-narrative works, including the lectures of an artificial intelligence (Golem XIV) and scientific essays on the first contact between humans and alien life form (His Master’s Voice). A subject of the paper is the psychoanalysis of the creative process and the reading of the relics of a novel such as a description (as a pattern of development) or a found-manuscript device in terms of Lacanian theory of the symptom and the theory of jouissance of the speaking subject (parlêtre).