R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

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Penguin, 2004 - Fiction - 84 pages
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'It is time to read Capek again for his insouciant laughter, and the anguish of human blindness that lies beneath it' -- Arthur Miller
R.U.R.--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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User Review  - Juan - Goodreads

This is classic! what a sci-fi treat! it's dark and apocalyptic, but it's totally entertaining and also have social commentary and witty satire. I noticed that the "robots" here was more like of an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

Although this is not the translation that I read (I read the work by Claudia Novack) I found that I highly enjoyed this particular play. For me, it was very insightful to know that the first "version ... Read full review



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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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