The Absolute at Large

The Absolute at Large

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In this satirical classic, a brilliant scientist invents the Karburator, a reactor that can create abundant and practically free energy. However, the Karburator's superefficient energy production also yields a powerful by-product. The machine works by completely annihilating matter and in so doing releases the Absolute, the spiritual essence held within all matter, into the world. Infected by the heady, pure Absolute, the world's population becomes consumed with religious and national fervor, the effects of which ultimately cause a devastating global war. Set in the mid-twentieth century, The Absolute at Large questions the ethics and rampant spread of power, mass production, and atomic weapons that Karel Capek saw in the technological and political revolutions occurring around him. Stephen Baxter provides an introduction for this Bison Books more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 129.5 x 200.7 x 15.2mm | 362.88g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0803264593
  • 9780803264595
  • 377,763

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"Capek's dialog is fantastic, his characters richly drawn. But his vision of a world transcendently captivated by an apparent higher calling and then hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel is so prescient, it makes the novel seem like it was written today." Cara Hoffman, NPR's All Things Considered--Cara Hoffman"NPR's All Things Considered" (04/21/2011)"show more

About Karel Capek

Karel Capek (1890-1938) was an acclaimed Czech author of novels, plays, essays, political writings, and short stories. His works include R.U.R., the famous play in which Capek coined the word "robot."show more