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This sounds very like ‘The Seventh Voyage of Ijon Tichy’ by Stanisław Lem, collected in The Star Diaries. The collection was first published in Polish as Dzienniki Gwiazdowe in 1957; the English translation by Michael Kandel appeared in 1976. This story has all the features you remembered: Ijon Tichy is travelling alone in a spaceship: It was on a Monday,...

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