War with the Newts

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0663-5
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ISBN 978-0-8101-0700-7
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Publication Date
January 1985
Page Count
348 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

War with the Newts

Karel Capek

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.

"One of the features of a classic is that while remaining at one with its times, it reaches out beyond them. War with the Newts fully qualifies as a classic in this sense." --Michael Henry Heim, Los Angeles Times

"Capek's work has lost nothing of its freshness and luster. . . . He is as great a delight to read today as he ever was." --New York Times Book Review

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