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Rossum Universal Robots Paperback – January 12, 2013

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Karel Capek was the most famous author in Czechoslovakia in the first half of the 20th century, and his works inspired the ill fated revolt against Communist rule 30 years later. His works are widely translated. Son of a doctor, Capek studied philosophy in Paris, Berlin, and Prague. Becoming a journalist, Karel was firmly entrenched between mutual hatreds for the Nazis and the Communists; promoting a free and democratic Czechoslovakia and supporting those political figures of like mind. Capek's first major success came as a playwright when he created the robot in his 1921 play R. U. R., (Rossum Universal Robots); intended as a satire against the Czech agrarian feudal system. Karel authored other less successful works but outstanding above them was the utopian type fantasy novel, War with the Newts, another political statement. When the Nazi overtook Europe, Capek was forced to surrender his dreams along with his spirit and, thereby, his life, when Czechoslovakia was abandoned by the Western nations in the pact made at Munich. He saw his world and time as lost, yet Capek would not leave the country or his beautiful Prague, fully realizing that the decision to stay meant his death. But rather than death coming at the hands of his enemies, it came from pneumonia...in his home, in his bed, with his wife nearby. Others would not be so lucky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481969536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481969536
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,583,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes! The other commenter said exactly what I came here to say! Anyway, in terms of quality, the translation looks like it was created by someone who doesn't know or care about the English language, but I ordered it anyway just to have Robot Jimmy Fallon looking at me whenever I want.
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It's an interesting to read in that RUR introduced the word (and concept) "robot" to the English language, but the story itself is pretty terrible.
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sci fy classic - a must read
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By Brian on February 7, 2013
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I actually don't know if the book is any good but the robot face of Jimmy Fallon is awesome! Was the book really written in 1920?
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