A darkly humorous Czech satire- a new super-breed tries to conquer the world . . .
Karel Capek (1890-1938) was a central figure in pre-War Czech culture and a social satirist and science-fiction writer of genius. His major works include War with the Newts, The Makropoulos Affair (the basis for Janacek's opera), Nine Fairy Tales- And One More Thrown in for Good Measure, Insect Play and R.U.R., which introduced the term 'robot'.
A great writer of the past who speaks to the present in a voice
brilliant, clear, honourable, blackly funny and prophetic -- Kurt
His satire still packs a punch, and the storytelling is brilliant. * The Times *
Sheds remarkable light on the literature, culture and politics of the region...anyone coming fresh to the field will be captivated by the richness, variety, humour and pathos of a classic literature that, through a shared historical experience, transcends national and linguistic boundaries. -- CJ Schuler * Independent on Sunday *