Karel Capek I Had a Dog and a Cat

ISBN 13: 9780048910097

I Had a Dog and a Cat

9780048910097: I Had a Dog and a Cat

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Capek, Karel, and Weatherall, M. (Translated by), and Weatherall, R. (Translated by)
Published by Allen & Unwin, Sydney (1940)
ISBN 10: 0048910090 ISBN 13: 9780048910097
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1940. Hardcover. Capek, Josef, and Capek, Karel (illustrator). First Published in 1940 [stated]. 160 p. From Wikipedia: "Karel Capek (January 9, 1890 December 25, 1938) was a Czech writer of the early 20th century best known for his science fiction, including his novel War with the Newts and the play R.U.R. that introduced the word robot. Born in 1890 in the Bohemian mountain village of Male Svatonovice to an overbearing, emotional mother and a distant yet adored father, Capek was the youngest of three siblings. Capek would maintain a close relationship with his brother Josef, living and writing with him throughout his adult life. Capek became enamored with the visual arts in his teenage years, especially Cubism. He studied in Prague at Charles University and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Exempted from military service due to the spinal problems that would haunt him his whole life, Capek observed World War I from Prague. His political views were strongly affected by the war, and as a budding journalist he began to write on topics like nationalism, totalitarianism and consumerism. Through social circles, the young writer developed close relationships with many of the political leaders of the nascent Czechoslovak state. This included Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and his son Jan, who would later become foreign secretary. His early attempts at fiction were mostly plays written with brother Josef. Capek's first international success was Rossum's Universal Robots, a dystopian work about a bad day at a factory populated with sentient androids. The play was translated into English in 1922, and was being performed in the UK and America by 1923. Throughout the 1920s, Capek worked in many writing genres, producing both fiction and non-fiction, but worked primarily as a journalist. In the 1930s, Capek's work focused on the threat of brutal national socialist and fascist dictatorships; by the mid-1930s, Capek had become "an outspoken anti-fascist". His most productive years were during the The First Republic of Czechoslovakia (1918 1938). He wrote Talks with T. G. Masaryk Masaryk was a Czechoslovak patriot, the first President of Czechoslovakia, and a regular guest at Capek's "Friday Men" garden parties for leading Czech intellectuals. Capek was also a member of Masaryk's Hrad political network. This extraordinary relationship between the writer and the political leader may be unique. He also became a member of International PEN and established, and was first president of, the Czechoslovak Pen Club. Soon after 1938 it became clear that the Western allies (France, Great Britain) had failed to fulfill the agreements(Western betrayal), and failed to defend Czechoslovakia against Adolf Hitler. Karel Capek refused to leave his country despite the fact that the Nazi Gestapo had named him Czechoslovakia's "public enemy number two." Though he suffered all his life from the condition spondyloarthritis, Karel Capek died of double pneumonia on December 25, 1938 shortly after part of Czechoslovakia was annexed by Nazi Germany following the so-called Munich Agreement. apek is buried at the Vysehrad cemetery in Prague. His brother Josef Capek, a painter and writer, died in the Nazi Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Good. No dust jacket. Stamp inside rear cover. Cover has some wear and soiling. Spine frayed. Bookseller Inventory # 68468

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