War with the Newts (Paperback)

By Karel Capek, Ewald Osers (Translated by)

Catbird Press, 9780945774105, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1990

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Hardcover (6/13/2012)
Paperback (10/7/1996)
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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.

About the Author

Karel Capek (1890-1938) is generally considered the greatest Czech author of the first half of this century. He was Czechoslovakia's leading novelist, playwright, story writer, and columnist, and the spirit of its short-lived democracy. His plays appeared on Broadway soon after their debut in Prague, and his books were translated into many languages. Capek expressed himself in the form of accessible and highly enjoyable writing.

Praise For War with the Newts

“A bracing parody of totalitarianism and technological overkill, one of the most amusing and provocative books in its genre.”  —Philadelphia Inquirer

"Appreciation of this classic novel." —New York Times​, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/books/in-praise-of-karel-capek.html