- Publisher: Northwestern University Press
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 193mm x 18mm | 295g
- Publication date: 31 October 1996
- Publication City/Country: Evanston
- ISBN 10: 081011464X
- ISBN 13: 9780810114647
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 1,197,737
Karel Capek, author of the acclaimed "War with the Newts, " is one of the great Czechoslovak writers of the twentieth century. These fairy tales bear Capek's combination of the fantastic and the satirical, offering fairies, elves, and talking animals alongside references to detectives, secret police agents, luxury automobiles, and Hollywood starlets. Filled with the delight of language, dazzling wordplay, a sense of absurdity about the so-called adult world, and a deeply humane vision, these witty stories will appeal to readers of all ages.
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Karel Capek, author of the acclaimed "War with the Newts, " is one of the great Czechoslovak writers of the twentieth century.
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Like traditional fairy tales, Capek's fantastic parables contain marvels and supernatural beings, fairies, elves, and talking animals; their plots stem from folk traditions where innocence triumphs. At the same time, Capek infuses these tales with dazzling wordplay, an abundant sense of the absurd, and surprising futuristic twists. Fact and imagination, satire and fantasy are blended so skillfully that the line between logic and plausible nonsense is nearly indiscernible. These are not just children's tales but modern parables.