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- Publisher: Catbird Media
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 214mm x 19mm | 327g
- Publication date: 1 July 2002
- Publication City/Country: Black Mountain, QLD
- ISBN 10: 0945774540
- ISBN 13: 9780945774549
- Edition: 1, Illustrated
- Edition statement: illustrated edition
- Sales rank: 873,314
Written during and right after World War I, this volume pairs two short story collections from Karel Capek, considered one of the greatest Czech writers. The first collection, "Wayside Crosses," presents an agonized and unsuccessful search for God and truth. These metaphysical tales are not about finding God as much as they are about discovering man's limitations, his terror and helplessness, and understanding the value of the ongoing search. The second collection, "Painful Tales," contains more realistic stories of characters being forced to make choices in which one good conflicts with another.
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Karel Capek was the leading novelist, story writer, playwright, journalist, humorist, and children's writer in Czechoslovakia during the 1920s and 1930s. Norma Comrada lives in Eugene, Oregon.
"Capek takes his place in that school of the short story which includes Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, and our own Sherwood Anderson." --"New York Times Book Review"