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    DescriptionPlayful 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.

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    Believe in People
    The Essential Karel Capek
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Carey, By (author) Karel Capek, Translated by Earka Tobrmanova-Kuhnova
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 435 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571231621
    ISBN 10: 0571231624

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DN
    DC22: 891.8685209
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    BISAC V2.8: LCO016000
    Thema V1.0: DN
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    19 August 2010
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    John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, as well as The Intellectuals and the Masses. He is the editor of Faber anthologies of Reportage, Utopias and Science. His most recent book, What Good are the Arts?, was praised by Blake Morrison as 'incisive and inspirational'.