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War with the Newts
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War with the Newts

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Author: Karel Capek
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2010
Gregg Press, 1975
Original Czech publication, 1936
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1936

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Genres: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Dystopia
Human Development
First Contact
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One of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century, an inspiration to writers from Orwell to Vonnegut, at last in a modern translation. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. Along the way, Karel Capek satirizes science, runaway capitalism, fascism, journalism, militarism, even Hollywood.


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