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War with the Newts

By Karel Capek

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A hugely influential dystopian satire from the author of the seminal R.U.R.

One of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century, an inspiration to writers from Orwell to Vonnegut, at last in a modern translation. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. Along the way, Karel Capek satirizes science, runaway capitalism, fascism, journalism, militarism, even Hollywood.

Biographical Notes

Karel Capek (1890-1938)
Karel Capek was one of the most important Czech writers of the twentieth century and a major voice in early European science fiction. His work traversed many genres, and his most famous play, R.U.R., introduced the word 'robot' into popular usage. He died on Christmas Day 1938.

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  • ISBN: 9781473208049
  • Publication date: 30 Jan 2014
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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