The Absolute at Large

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The Absolute at Large By KAREL CAPE. First published in 1927.CONTENTS: CHAPTER PAOBI The Advertisement 7 The Karbitrator n Pantheism 17IV. God in the Cellar, 23V Bishop Linda 29VI The BoardMeeting 36VII Developments 41VIII The Dredge 46IX The Ceremony 53X Saint Ellen 59XI. The First Blow Struck 64XII Doctor Blahous 70XIII The Chroniclers Apology 75XIV The Land of Plenty 80XV Disaster 86XVI In the Mountains 92XVII The Hammer and Star 98XVIII, In the Night Editors Room 102XIX. The Process of Canonization 108XX St Kilda 113XXI The Telegram 119XXII The Old Patriot 124XXIII. The Augsburg Imbroglio 130CONTENTSCHAPTER PAGEXXIV. The Napoleon of the MountainBrigade 136XXV. The socalled Greatest War 141XXVI. The Battle of Hradec Kralove 145XXVII. A Coral Island in the Pacific 150XXVIII. At Seven Cottages 155XXIX. The Last Battle 159XXX. The End of Everything 163. CHAPTER I: THE ADVERTISEMENT. ONE New Years Day, 1943, G H Bondy, head of the great Metallo Electncal Company, was sitting as usual reading his paper He skipped the news from the theatre of war rather disrespectfully, avoided the Cabinet crisis, then crowded onsail for the Peoples Journal, which had grown long ago tofive times its ancient size, now afforded enough canvas for an ocean voyage for the Finance and Commerce section Here he cruised about for quite a while, then furled his sails, and abandoned himself to his thoughtsThe Coal Crisis he said to himself Mines getting worked out the Ostrava basin suspending work for years.Heavens above, its a sheer disaster Well have to importUpper Silesian coal. Just work out what that will add to thecost of our manufactures, and then talk about competition.Were in a pretty fix And if Germany raises her tariff, wemay as well shut up shop And the Industrial Banks goingdown, too What a wretched state of affairs What a hopeless, stupid, stifling state of affairs Oh, damn the crisisHere G H Bondy, Chairman of the Board of Directors, came to a pause Something was fidgeting him and would nollet him rest He traced it back to the last page of his discardednewspaper It was the syllable TioNj only part of a word, fothe fold of the paper came just in front of the T. It was thivery incompleteness which had so curiously impressed itselupon him. Well, hang it, its probably IRON PRODUCTION Bondpondered vaguely, or PREVENTION, or, maybe, RESTITUTION. . . And the Azote shares have gone down, too. The stagnations simply shocking. The positions so bad that itridiculous . But thats nonsense who would advertisethe RESTITUTION of anything? More likely RESIGNATION Itssure to be RESIGNATION.With a touch of annoyance, G H Bondy spread out thenewspaper to dispose of this irritating word It had nowvanished amid the chequering of the small advertisements Hehunted for it from one column to another, but it had concealeditself with provoking ingenuity. Mr. Bondy then worked fromthe bottom up, and finally started again from, the righthandside of the page.

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In The Absolute at Large, a machine releases an invisible, spiritual power as a byproduct, leading to religious frenzy and global war, but somehow Čapek maintains a frenetic, comic tone as well as a ... Read full review

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Released in 1922 and 1923, respectively, these sf novels both feature plots concerning worlds within worlds. Capek offers the tale of a machine capable of generating limitless energy that also ... Read full review

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Karel Capek is best known abroad for his plays, but at home he is also revered as an accomplished novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and writer of political articles. His bitingly satirical novel The War with the Newts (1936) reveals his understanding of the possible consequences of scientific advance. The novel Krakatit (1924), about an explosive that could destroy the world, foreshadows the feared potential of a nuclear disaster. In his numerous short stories he depicts the problems of modern life and common people in a humorous and whimsically philosophical fashion. The plays of Karel Capek presage the Theater of the Absurd. R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (1921) was a satire on the machine age. He created the word robot from the Czech noun robota, meaning "work" for the human-made automatons who in that play took over the world, leaving only one human being alive. The Insect Comedy (1921), whose characters are insects, is an ironic fantasy on human weakness. The Makropoulos Secret (1923), later used as the basis for Leos Janacek's opera, was an experimental piece that questioned whether immortality is really desirable. All the plays have been produced successfully in New York. Most deal satirically with the modern machine age or with war. Underlying all his work, though, is a faith in humanity, truth, justice, and democracy, which has made him one of the most beloved of all Czech writers.

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