Capek Four Plays: "R. U. R".; "The Insect Play"; "The Makropulos Case"; "The White Plague" v.1

Capek Four Plays: "R. U. R".; "The Insect Play"; "The Makropulos Case"; "The White Plague" v.1

Paperback Methuen World Classics

By (author) Karel Capek, Translated by Cathy Porter, Translated by Peter Majer

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0413771903
  • ISBN 13: 9780413771902
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 248,272

Product description

"There was no writer like him...prophetic assurance mixed with surrealistic humour and hard-edged social satire: a unique combination" (Arthur Miller) This volume brings together fresh new translations of four of his most popular plays, more than ever relevant today. In R. U. R., the Robot - an idea Capek was the first to invent - gradually takes over all aspects of human existence except procreation; The Insect Play is a satirical fable in which beetles, butterflies and ants give dramatic form to different philosophies of life; The Makropulos Case is a fantasy about human mortality, finally celebrating the average lifespan; The White Plague is a savage and anguished satire against fascist dictatorship and the virus of inhumanity.

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"There was no writer like him. . . prophetic assurance mixed with surrealistic humour and hard-edged social satire: a unique combination"--Arthur Miller

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This volume brings together fresh new translations of four of Capek's most popular plays, relevant today more than ever. In R.U.R., the Robot -- an idea Capek was first to invent -- gradually takes over all aspects of human existence except procreation. The Insect Play is a satirical fable in which beetles, butterflies and ants give dramatic form to different philosophies of life. The Makropulos Case is a fantasy about human mortality, finally celebrating the average life span. The White Plague is a savage and anguished satire against fascist dictatorship and the virus of inhumanity.

Table of contents

R. U. R.; The Insect Play; The Makropulos Case; The White Plague