If this is Monday, then we must have another tale from the Polish master of SciFi, Stansilaw Lem!
"In Pilot Pirx, Lem has created an irresistibly likable character: an astronaut who gives the impression of still navigating by the seat of his pants-a bumbler but an inspired one. By investing Pirx with a range of human foibles, Lem offers a wonderful vision of the audacity, childlike curiosity, and intuition that can give humans the courage to confront outer space. "
4.5 stars on only 14 reviews, none negative. This is a bit short, only 214 pages. Translated from the original Polish.
Oh, and I'm not kidding about Lem. He wrote Solaris (the novel upon which that horrid movie was made) and a pile of other very well respected scifi.