Believe in People

Karel Capek
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ISBN 9780571231621 Format Paperback
Published 19/08/2010 Length 240 pages

About Book

Playful and provocative, irreverent and inspiring, Capek is perhaps the best-loved Czech writer of all time. Novelist and playwright, famed for inventing the word 'robot' in his play RUR, Capek was a vital part of the burgeoning artistic scene of Czechoslovakia of the 1920s and 30s. But it is in his journalism - his brief, sparky and delightful columns - that Capek can be found at his most succinct, direct and appealing.

This selection of Capek's writing, translated into English for the first time, contains his essential ideas. The pieces are animated by his passion for the ordinary and the everyday - from laundry to toothache, from cats to cleaning windows - his love of language, his lyrical observations of the world and above all his humanism, his belief in people. His letters to his wife Olga, also published here, are extraordinarily moving and beautifully distinct from his other writings.

Uplifting, enjoyable and endlessly wise, Believe in People is a collection to treasure.

  • Translated By: Šárka Tobrmanová-Kühnová

    Šárka Tobrmanová-Kühnová lives in Prague, and read Czech and English at Charles University, where she is now a Senior Lecturer in English literature. She won an international scholarship to Oxford where she gained her doctorate with a thesis on Milton's poetic style. Her academic publications are mainly on Milton and the English Renaissance, and she writes poetry in English and Czech.

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