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War with the Newts
by Karel Capek
translated by M. Weatherall and R. Weatherall
introduction by Ivan Klima
Northwestern University Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-8101-1468-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-0700-7

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Working in the fantastic satiric tradition of Wells, Orwell, and Vonnegut, Karel Capek chronicles the discovery of a colony of highly intelligent giant salamanders on an Indonesian island. Capek sardonically portrays the reactions of the civilized world-from horror to skepticism, from intellectual fascination to mercantile opportunism-and the ultimate destruction from which it (and the newts) might not escape.

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