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  • Apocryphal Tales

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780945774341
    • Publisher: Catbird Press
    • Published: May 1997
    An anthology of stories presenting famous events from the point of view of the man in the street. In one story, a baker describes Jesus' miracle of loaves and fish, in another, townspeople argue who is to blame for the invasion of the Huns. Thirty stories in all.Tales told from the perspectives of figures in Greek and Roman history, the Bible, and the plays of Shakespeare include a story of Hamlet considering whether or not to become an actor, and townspeople arguing over who should be blamed for the approachinghordes of Attila the Hun
  • Capek: Four Plays (R.U.R., The Insect Play, The Makropulos Case, The White Plague)

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780413771902
    • Publisher: Methuen Drama
    • Published: May 2000
  • Gardener's Year

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375759482
    • Publisher: MODERN LIBRARY
    • Published: February 2002
    From the internationally acclaimed Czech writer Karel Capek comes this beautifully written and marvelously apt account of the trials and tribulations of the gardener’s life. First published in Prague in 1929, The Gardener’s Year combines a richly comic portrait of life in the garden, narrated month by month, with a series of delightful illustrations by the author’s older brother and collaborator, Josef. Capek’s gardeners—all too human, despite their lofty aspirations—often look the fool, whether they be found sopping wet, victims of the cobralike water hose, or hunched over, hands immersed in the soil, “presenting their rumps to the splendid azure sky.” In their repeated folly, Capek gives us not only cause for laughter but also, in the end, “testimony of the imperishable and miraculous optimism of the human race.” This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a New York Times editorialist and the author of Making Hay and The Last Fine Time.
  • Letters from England

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781870626576
    • Publisher: CLARIDGE PRESS
    • Published: April 2002
    Anyone in search of England can do no better than to take up Karel Capek's Letters from England. Humorous, insightful and imbued with a profound humanity, Capek's letters convey a bemused admiration for a country which in the 1920s still lived according to the memory of its greatness. With a light touch and artistic flourish, Capek described the virtues and vices of Europe's oldest democracy for the benefit of the citizens of Europe's newest. As Czechoslovakia emerged as an independent nation after years of Hapsburg domination, its citizens empathised with the British love of their country and their customs.Letters from England was banned by the Nazis and later by the Communists. This new translation gives us a rare opportunity to enjoy the unusual foundations of a national culture.
  • Letters From England

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826484857
    • Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
    • Published: January 2005
    Karel Capek's 'Letters from England' have established themselves as masterpieces of observation. The letters and drawings are humorous, insightful and imbued by a profound humanity. They convey a bemused admiration for England and the English. First published in the nineteen twenties in Lidovc Noviny, the Czechoslovak national newspaper, Capek's Letters from England quickly established themselves as masterpieces of observation, and classics of modern Czech prose. The letters described Europe's oldest democracy for the benefit of the citizens of Europe's newest, and Capek was acutely aware of the deep-down affinity between his countrymen and the English. The same understated humour, the same unflappability, the same quiet search for peace, home and comfort, the same love of nature and animals, served to unite the two people, both then and now. Shortly after Letters from England appeared, Czechoslovakia was betrayed by Britain at Munich, and handed over to Hitler. Capek died shortly afterwards of a broken heart. The book was promptly banned by the Nazis, and published by the exile press, with an English translation by Paul Selver, in London. It was again published in Czechoslovakia in 1946, but, after a brief period, was banned again by the communists. This is a completely new English translation. Letters from England, timely when it first appeared, is yet more timely today, when the English need to be reminded of qualities that once were a source of pride to themselves and admiration to others.
  • Nine Fairy Tales: and One More Thrown in for Good Measure (European Classics)

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780810114647
    • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
    • Published: October 1996
  • R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $6.50 - $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141182087
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2004
    R. U. R. - written in 1920 - garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word "Robot." Mass produced, efficient, and servile labor, Capek's robots remember everything, but lack creative thought, and the Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning. When the robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must attempt to learn the secret of self-duplication. But their attempts at replication leave them with nothing but bloody chunks of meat. It is not until two robots fall in love and are christened "Adam" and "Eve" by the last surviving human that Nature emerges triumphant.
  • Tales From Two Pockets

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112036510
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber Limited
    • Published: 1932
    (1932). 8vo. 1st English edition. Light wear to boards. Foxing to edges of textblock. Lacking d.j. VG/--.
  • Tales from Two Pockets

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780945774259
    • Publisher: Catbird Press
    • Published: June 1994
    Capek wrote 48 stories that deconstruct the mystery story by breaking one rule here, three rules there, and yet also make for wonderful reading. His unique approaches to the mysteries of justice and truth are full of the ordinary and the extraordinary, humor and humanism.
  • Talks with T.G. Masaryk

    By T.G. Masaryk

    Our Price: $6.97
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780945774266
    • Publisher: Catbird Press
    • Published: May 1995
    Never have two such important world figures collaborated in a biography: Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850?1937), the original philosopher-president who founded Czechoslovakia in 1918, and Karel Capek (1890?1938), the leading Czech writer of the time. Capek interviewed Masaryk over a number of years and produced a single narrative that tells Masaryk's incredible story in a voice as ordinary yet magical as the best of Capek's fictional characters. The result is a biographical work like no other, in form or in content.
  • The Absolute At Large

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803264595
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: January 2006
    In this satirical classic, a brilliant scientist invents the Karburator, a reactor that can create abundant and practically free energy. However, the Karburator's superefficient energy production also yields a powerful by-product. The machine works by completely annihilating matter and in so doing releases the Absolute, the spiritual essence held within all matter, into the world. Infected by the heady, pure Absolute, the world's population becomes consumed with religious and national fervor, the effects of which ultimately cause a devastating global war.Set in the mid-twentieth century, The Absolute at Large questions the ethics and rampant spread of power, mass production, and atomic weapons that Karel Capek saw in the technological and political revolutions occurring around him. Stephen Baxter provides an introduction for this Bison Books edition.
  • The Gardener's Year - Illustrated by Josef Capek

    By Karel Capek

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    • ISBN-13: 9781447459804
    • Publisher: Rolland Press
  • Three Novels: Hordubal, Meteor, an Ordinary Life

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780945774082
    • Publisher: Catbird Press
    • Published: February 1990
    Detectives attempt to reconstruct a murder, three people tell stories about a dying man they really didn't know, and one man looks back on all the people he might have been
  • War with the Newts

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $22.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780810114685
    • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
    • Published: October 1996
    (European Classics). Working in the 'fantastic' satiric tradition of Orwell, Wells & Vonnegut, in 1936, two years before his death and three years before the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, Capek fashioned this chronicle of the discovery of a colony of highly intelligent giant salamanders off the coast of an Indonesian island. The book sardonically details all the reactions of the civilized world - from horror to skepticism - and the ultimate destruction from which it might (and the news) might not escape. 348p. Pap.
  • War with the Newts

    By Karel Capek

    Our Price: $10.75
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780945774105
    • Publisher: Catbird Press/UNESCO Publishing
    • Published: February 1990
    Humans discover and exploit a species of giant, intelligent newt, until the newts gain enough weapons and skills to challenge them

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