R.u.r. (rossum's Universal Robots)

Paperback | March 30, 2004

byKarel CapekTranslated byClaudia Novack-jonesIntroduction byIvan Klima

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A visionary work of science fiction that introduced the word "robot"

Written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922—garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek’s Robots are an android product—they remember everything but think of nothing new. But the Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning, and the humans they serve stop reproducing. When the Robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must strain to learn the secret of self-duplication. It is not until two Robots fall in love and are christened “Adam” and “Eve” by the last surviving human that Nature emerges triumphant.

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A visionary work of science fiction that introduced the word "robot"Written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922—garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek’s Robots are an android product—they remember everyth...

Karel Capek (1890–1938) was the leading Czech playwright, novelist, and columnist between the wars. He is best known for R. U. R. and his novel, War with the Newts.Ivan Klíma is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and essayist whose work was long suppressed under Communism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.73 × 5.07 × 0.33 inPublished:March 30, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141182083

ISBN - 13:9780141182087

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Table of Contents

R.U.R.Introduction by Ivan Klima
R.U.R.
Cast
Prologue
Act One
Act Two
Act Three

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