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Description: RUR & War with the Newts : Paperback : Orion Publishing Co : 9780575099456 : 0575099453 : 13 Oct 2011 : Two dystopian satires from one of the most distinguished writers of 20th-century European science fiction. R.U.R. is the work that first introduced the word 'robot' into popular usage. The Book Depository RUR & War with the Newts by Karel Capek - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: This is a fantastic edition. It not only includes two of Capek's most famous works, but also has a fantastic introduction which outlines that Capek was the one who introduced the word 'robot' to the English language and also talks about some of the historical, social and literary contexts behind his works. In spite of his contribution to the English language, R.U.R has not really received much academic attention, and while everyone has at least heard of 'Brave New World' by Huxley, very few people know about R.U.R. Perhaps this is because it is a play rather than a novel? It really is worth reading. The word 'robot' comes from a Slavic word 'robota' which roughly translates as drudgery in the medieval sense when a peasant would be forced to work for a feudal lord for little or no monetary payment. Taking this into account, the robots in R.U.R are dehumanised workers and everyone knows what happens when you treat intelligent people and/or being slaves: Revolt. If you're a fan of science fiction then you really should give this one a read.

 

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Review: While the story itself is fun, this copy seems to be the worst translation available. It's full of typos, wrong words, double words, and everything else that would easily have been caught but a single read through. The Ewald Osers translation is probably the best one to get.

 

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